Abuse services ‘reach out’ to help addicts

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Thousands of people in Sheffield are supported for drug or alcohol abuse each year – and more are now encouraged to join them.

September is National Recovery Month, and service providers are hoping to ‘reach out’ to people to let them know about support that is available.

Organised recovery walks will take place throughout the month, which ends with a celebration event on Monday, September 29, at Sheffield Town Hall.

The event is open to anyone wanting to find out more about the support available, to meet others in recovery, and see the first showing of a Recovery Film made by Sheffield people.

Coun Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for communities and public health at Sheffield Council, said: “There is good support for people seeking help with drugs and alcohol misuse and around 3,500 people are supported every year in Sheffield.

“It’s really important that people know that help is available and that they do not have to suffer alone.”

Sheffield Drug and Alcohol Coordination Team is organising recovery month.

One recovering alcoholic, called Paul, from Sheffield, started drinking at the age of 11 and finally sought help 33 years later when he blacked out.

He said: “I ignored the problem for many years, pretending it wasn’t an issue. When I blacked out it was really scary and gave me the wake-up call I needed.

“The hospital referred me to a support group, I attended meetings and tried for two years to stay sober, but I needed more support. In April 2013 I was referred to residential rehab and after eight months I was ready to face the world.”

Call 0114 272 1481 for drugs support and 0845 345 1549 for alcohol support.