National Recovery Month 2020: Stay Connected

Recovery Month is a global event held every September to educate and celebrate those in recovery, or those striving for hope in their own journey to beat drug or alcohol dependency.

Having a month to celebrate the success or continued fight against addiction is valuable and powerful. To see individuals, stand peer to peer and celebrate their own achievements offers invaluable hope to others. This year’s local theme is Stay Connected, one of the five ways to well- being, which fitted with the isolation many people have felt during the COVID-19 lockdown. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic the annual Recovery Walk 2020, due to be held in Newcastle has been cancelled. The walk is run in association with FAVOR UK and takes part every year allowing individuals, their families and friends, to celebrate theirs and others’ recovery journeys.

Jo Gerrard, community engagement Co-Ordinator for SRP recalls last year’s journey to Middlesbrough to successfully wave the Shropshire Recovery banner 2019 with many service users, their families and staff. The year before the National Recovery Work was held in Shrewsbury. Jo remembers it was a rainy day however this did not deter people, she says she may be a little biased but feels it was the best walk so far! Organised by local service users and staff from SRP, Shrewsbury Town Council, Shropshire Council and FAVOR UK, the walk attracted around 8000 people into Shrewsbury from all over the country to celebrate recovery. The walk shows that long term recovery is sustainable and highlights the many pathways recovery can take. Shropshire Recovery Partnership however isn’t letting this year pass without some celebration. They are organising a number of one-off virtual groups during September 2020 to celebrate “staying connected” by service users sharing their stories of success and offering hope to others. The year before the National Recovery Work was held in Shrewsbury.

Shropshire Recovery Partnership (SRP) offers support to just under one thousand individuals with alcohol and other drug issues across Shropshire. They offer one to one support, clinical services, group work, needle exchange, and access to detox and rehabilitation services.

They also offer specialised group support to families and friends who are affected by their loved one’s dependency, with a bespoke service to under 18-year old’s, to minimise the harm and impact of substance misuse on the family dynamic.

If you would like to know more about the services, we offer or are looking for support from you or a loved one please call our main office number on 01743 294700. Alternatively, there is help available online for both staff and those affected by drug and alcohol use from We Are With You, the provider of Shropshire Recovery Partnership.

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