Haringey celebrates recovery month
Hundreds of people gathered at an event in Haringey last week to celebrate the road to recovery for those overcoming a drug or alcohol problem.
Over 200 people attended Recovery Pride in Haringey and heard inspiring recovery stories from current and former service users. There were also live performances, food, information stalls and awards presented.
Held on Friday 22 September, Recovery Pride in Haringey is an annual event hosted by The Grove Drug Treatment Service which is run in partnership by Barnet, Enfield and Haringey (BEH) Mental Health NHS Trust and Blenheim. Other local drug and alcohol treatment services were also involved with organising the event including: the Dual Diagnosis Network; Haringey Recovery Service; Haringey Advisory Group on Alcohol (HAGA); Bubic; Insight Platform Children and Family Service; Intuitive Thinking Skills; and Single Homeless Project (SHP).
Tony* has been battling an alcohol problem since he was a teenager and started taking cocaine in his thirties. He has been receiving group support from The Grove Drug Treatment Service since last year and feels that the service is helping him get the life he wants. He has been volunteering with the service and intends to get paid work in this area.
Speaking about Recovery Pride in Haringey he said: “This event is important because it gives people who are in recovery something to be proud of and gives those that don’t know much about addiction an understanding that people that use substances aren’t bad people, it’s just that they have an addiction.”
The 50-year-old added: “You can’t get complacent in your recovery, it’s lifelong and there is no end date. It’s for life, but with the help of the service I am getting my confidence back. It’s been the best thing that’s happened to me.”
Susan* was also complimentary about the service. She has been going there for two years for support with her drug addiction recovery. She started taking amphetamines at the age of 16 and then heroin when she was older.
The 29-year-old said: “This service is really helping me to get my life back on track. I go to The Grove every two weeks for methadone treatment and group support. I also get to talk to my key worker. She’s really easy to talk to and it’s great to be able to talk to someone outside of my family because I don’t want to make my family’s life more difficult by giving them my problems.
“I’ve recently had a baby and things are looking more positive for me now.”
The Grove Drug Treatment Service has approximately 650 people in treatment at any one time and provides support to Haringey residents over the age of 18 who have been affected by drugs.
The service delivers a wide range of clinical and psychosocial interventions including opiate substitute treatment, health screens, psychological therapies and support groups.
Serena McCabe, Clinical Services Manager (Substance Misuse), said: “This is such an important service because we help people recover from drug use, gain control of their lives and get their lives back on track.
“The Recovery Pride in Haringey event is an important day because it celebrates the achievements of service users and their families, which helps us tackle the stigma suffered by those overcoming issues with drugs.
“It was great to see so many people here today celebrating with us. This is an important event for staff and service users. It is an opportunity for service users to showcase who they are and how they have changed their lives. An aspiration and a reminder that recovery is possible.”
Amina Lahrichi, The Grove Service Manager at Blenheim, said: “This event is a great celebration of the hard work that our service users put in everyday to make positive changes to their lives.
“It is great to see the local community coming together to celebrate recovery and show their support. Our doors are always open and would encourage anyone that needs support to come and see us.”