Fife Council is investing 300,000 in helping drug and alcohol addicts turn their lives around.
Of the total, 250,000 will go towards residential rehabilitation for Fifers in the grip of substance misuse.
And 50,000 has been allocated to Scottish Drugs Forum’s award winning Addiction Worker Training Project (AWTP), which qualifies people with a history of alcohol and drug problems to help others struggling with similar issues.
It is estimated that alcohol-related harm alone costs Fife taxpayers more than 130 million every year the equivalent of 358 per person.
A launch event was held in Kirkcaldy last week to mark the investment.
Those attending heard the inspirational stories of Fife men Grant Taylor and Mark Young, who have transformed their lives with the help of local agencies and are now supporting others with alcohol and drug problems, having completed the AWTP.
They are both employed as rehabilitation workers for Fife Intensive Rehabilitation and Substance Misuse Team (FIRST).
Councillor Kenny Selbie, chairman of the council’s safer communities committee, said: “Having success stories from Grant and Mark proves that we are on the right track.
“We have to continue to invest and work together so that we can hear more of these stories in the future.”