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Recovery Rocks service celebrates conquering addiction
AN emotional event has been held for people who have overcome addictions to alcohol and drugs at a treatment centre in York.
Members of the Oaktree addiction and recovery service shared their stories at a Recovery Rocks celebration at York Minster yesterday to mark conquering drug or alcohol addiction.
A member of the abstinence-based day treatment centre, which is run by The Cyrenians in Walmgate, told the audience at The Chapter House he had started taking substances when he was 13 years old but had managed to turn his life around and was “now living a life beyond his wildest dreams”.
The service saw performances from the Recovery Rocks choir from Gateshead – with people from York singing along – and heard stories about why and how people had managed to recover from addiction and how their lives had changed for the better.
Andy Ryan, operational manager, The Cyrenians’ Oaktrees York project, said: “Events like this are fantastic for the people taking part and for the community. It’s a real collective approach to celebrate recovery and help people understand that people can and do recover from addiction.”
It is now hoped a Recovery Rocks choir will be set up in York.
Leigh Bell, public health substance misuse strategic lead for City of York Council, said: “A choir like this shows people in recovery are living a life beyond their wildest dreams.”
The Cyrenian programme in York is based on the 12-step approach to recovery which aims to get people to take responsibility for their recovery and includes counselling, workshops and education and information on addiction recovery and health promotion.
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