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Celebrating recovery success stories as new DVD launches
02/06/2015

A special film showcasing the wide range of help and advice available to people who are struggling with drugs or alcohol has been launched to mark the start of National Recovery Month.

Norfolk Recovery Partnership (NRP) has worked with media studies student Jess Allen to produce the promotional DVD, which is now available online and will be shared with stakeholders and other organisations over the coming weeks.

The film features staff from NRP, which is a partnership of Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, The Matthew Project and the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt), explaining more about the care they provide, as well as quotes from service users who have received help and treatment.

It has been designed to encourage anyone who feels they may benefit from support to address an alcohol or drug problem to get in touch and find out more about the services which are available. This includes assessment, detoxification, counselling, recovery interventions and group work, along with substitute prescribing and support to help people reduce their use and stay off substances.

Chris Strivens, Deputy Service Manager for NRP, said: "We were delighted when Jess approached us and asked if we'd like to work with her to make the film. The project went extremely well and saw service users and staff involved throughout. We are really pleased with the end result and hope that people find the DVD interesting.

"Recovery Month is really important to NRP, as it provides a fantastic opportunity to celebrate some of our service user's many success stories while helping to inspire and motivate others who are just starting out on their recovery journey.

"We would also encourage anyone who is working with, or caring for, someone with alcohol or drug problems, or are struggling themselves, to use Recovery Month as their springboard to get in touch with us and find out more about how we may be able to help."

As well as the DVD launch, NRP will mark Recovery Month by holding a variety of celebration events at its bases in Norwich, Thetford, North Walsham, Great Yarmouth and Kings Lynn. They include:

  • 8 to12 June - NRP's Unthank Road base will host a poetry exhibition, workshops and mindfulness sessions throughout the week, along with a picnic
  • 12 June - Service users, friends and families from the Willow Centre in Great Yarmouth will enjoy a picnic in the park at St George's Park between 10am and 3pm
  • 18 June – service users will be able to take part in a healthy living day at North Walsham, including laughter therapy and mindfulness group sessions and complimentary therapies
  • 22 and 23 June – NRP's Thetford branch will welcome guest speakers to its making changes and recovery groups
  • 25 June – NRP Dereham will hold a BBQ at 1.30pm followed by a mindfulness taster session at 3pm
  • 25 and 26 June – NRP King's Lynn will hold various events in the Hunstanton Recovery café, including a recovery walk, mocktail bar providing non-alcoholic drinks and alcohol advice, guitar playing and advice from health trainers
  • 26 June – a picnic and walk will take place at the British Trust for Ornithology Reserve, leaving Breckland House by 12 noon

 

NRP operates an open access system, which means service users do not need to make an appointment before attending. For more information, visit: www.norfolkrecoverypartnership.org.uk

You can find the NRP video by visiting: www.youtube.com/NSFTVChannel