Recovering addicts in Barnsley praised for staying clean and sober for six months

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Recovering addicts who have remained clean and sober after being out of treatment for six months have been honoured for their achievements.

An annual ceremony was held in Barnsley to celebrate the achievement of Phoenix Futures service users who have been out of treatment for substance misuse for the last six months, and have successfully remained abstinent.

In graduation style they were presented with certificates in front of proud friends and relatives.

This fantastic achievement was acknowledged with a graduation style ceremony. The ‘graduates’ walked on stage to receive their special awards in front of their proud family and friends.

Councillor Jim Andrews, Barnsley Council’s Cabinet spokesman for Public Health, said: “Taking the first steps on a journey like this takes a lot of courage, but to do this, work through the programme and make positive changes to their lives is a tremendous achievement.”

Charlie Plücker, of Phoenix Futures said: “Substance Misuse is not an individual problem, it’s a community issue, therefore we only find solutions when the community works together. The graduation celebrates Barnsley working together in recovery.”