Health / Events planned to raise awareness of addiction recovery

A SERIES of events are planned in Shetland to mark the National Recovery Month of September.

The aim of Recovery Month – now in its 32nd year – is to raise public awareness around addiction recovery, to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, and to celebrate the emergence of a strong and proud local recovery community.

The local celebrations include a barbecue in the Pitt Lane Community Garden on Saturday (10 September), from midday until 4pm, which is being organised by the Recovery Hub, Food for the Way and the Fresh Start Community Gardening Group.

Everyone is welcome to attend, and the Recovery Hub’s offices will be open for tea, coffee and homebakes.

On Saturday 24 September people are invited to take part in a Recovery Walk, to honour those lost to addiction and to celebrate the gains made by those in recovery.

It will meet at the Hub’s offices in Pitt Lane at 2pm, with the walk lasting around half an hour, and ending with a cup of tea back at the Recovery Hub.


Recovery Hub manager Amanda Pearson said: “The theme for this year’s Recovery Month is ‘Recovery is For Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community’.

“We support everyone affected by addiction – not just individuals with direct experience, but their families, friends and those who work with and for them.

“We want to spend this month highlighting the achievements and challenges for everyone who has that lived experience. As well as our usual social and support group meetings, we’ll be out and about and hope folk will take the chance to drop by to hear more.

“Where’ll be more going on – so keep your eye on Facebook, just follow the ‘Shetland Recovery Hub & Community Network’ page for more information.”

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