Recovering drug and alcohol users host family carnival in Doncaster park

The Recovery Games in Sandall Park.
The Recovery Games in Sandall Park.
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Recovering drug and alcohol users got together to stage a family fun carnival in a Doncaster park.

Inspired by the success of last year’s Recovery Games, the Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) Drug and Alcohol Services team in Doncaster held a Recovery Carnival in Doncaster on Saturday.

Visitors braved the dreary September drizzle to join in the fun and games at the all-day event at Sandall Park, Doncaster, which celebrated mutual aid and recovery, while helping to reduce stigma.

The day promoted abstinence-based recovery, increased knowledge about access to treatment, and helped sustain addiction-free recovery and what works beyond medical treatment. Organisers reached out to those who are still suffering with addiction who may fear accessing treatment, by demonstrating it is possible to recover and contribute to society.

Designed to be family friendly and fun, the event included activities and attractions such as team events like human table football, a space hopper relay and a ‘lob a welly’ competition, as well as street entertainment, magic and fire eating, music from local bands and a Recovery Walk.

Service Manager Stuart Green said: “The event brought together local communities, families, carers and friends to raise awareness of mutual aid and peer-led support networks.

“No one sets out to have a drug or alcohol problem. Recovery is beyond prescription; this is as much a healing of the community as well as the individual, and we demonstrated that not only is there is a life after drugs, but also that recovery is infectious and motivating.”

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