New Hull centre puts more than 1,000 drink and drug users on road to recovery
MORE than 1,000 people affected by drink and drug problems have received support following the opening of a new centre in Hull.
Hull's first Recovery Community Centre opened its doors in Spring Bank, city centre, in July last year.
Since then, tailor-made services have been put in place to help women, families of those who abuse drugs or alcohol and families trying to regain contact with their children, as well as Eastern Europeans and other groups.
John Meakin, chief executive of the Council for Dependency Problems (CDP), which runs and partially funds the centre, said help is provided through peer support, rather than medical treatment.
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"It has been an amazing year," he said.
"Most of the services here are the creation of, or are led by, people who have had a drug or alcohol problem themselves, or had it within their families.
"Most are as a result of people coming to CDP saying they want to give something back.
"They see it that, as an addict, they took a lot from their families and society and part of recovery is being able to put something back.
"The Eastern Europeans are here looking to make a new life. But often their problems become worse and they are isolated and detached from their families.
"They need help like everybody else."
Mr Meakin said grandparents or parents of those who have drug or alcohol problems are among the people who have sought support from the centre, as well as those who are directly recovering from a problem.
Parents or carers who have been bereaved by drug use have their own group, while an interpreter is provided to help Eastern Europeans break down the language barrier.
One-to-one maths, English and IT lessons are provided to help with future skills and potential employment, and a relapse prevention scheme is in place.
Mr Meakin said: "People go through treatment for drug or alcohol problems and very often wonder what they do and where they go next.
"After some of the support finishes, people can feel on their own.
"People who recover are very grateful for the support they have had and want to put something back.
"Parents and carers can get inspiration.
"Their own children may still be using drugs or alcohol.
"But they can come into this building and see people like their children who have recovered and are doing well.
"It gives them hope."
Mr Meakin said the centre is seen as a stepping stone on the road to recovery and a safe haven for people to access the services they need.
He said: "Sometimes people are in treatment a long time and it's a big step to break the tie.
"This is a stepping stone to independence and confidence."