CWP Celebration of Recovery Event a Great Success

22 November 2017

Recently, Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) held our third annual Celebration of Recovery event, courtesy of our Substance Misuse Service and their partners Acorn Recovery Projects and Intuitive Thinking Skills. 

The event, held at Clonter Opera House in Congleton, was a huge success with 103 guests coming along. It aimed to celebrate and give recognition to some remarkable stories of people overcoming their issues with substance misuse. 

According to national alcohol charity, Alcohol Concern, the latest statistics show that in 2014-15, there were an estimated 1.1 million hospital admissions related to alcohol. Equally startling was that, according to NHS Digital, in 2015/16 there were 8,621 hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of drug-related mental health and behavioural disorders. The invaluable work of our substance misuse team and their partners cannot be understated. 

At the event, there were a variety of performances on the stage of the opera house. There was a dance performance and a question and answer session from Fallen Angels Dance Theatre, a dance group formed to support those recovering from addiction and mental health issues. 

In addition, there was also a singing performance from the RICE (Recovery In Cheshire East) singing group. This group is made up of CWP clients, carers, friends and ROAR (Reach Out And Recover) residents. Everyone was asked to light a candle to remember a friend or family member lost to addiction and sing along with the singing group, in their honour CWP singing group and the lighting of candles to remember a service user lost to addiction. 

There were also market stalls in place displaying helpful information and advice regarding substance misuse from a variety of organisations. These included the Trust’s own substance misuse service, Acorn Recovery Projects, Intuitive Thinking Skills and Fallen Angels. 

The whole theme of the day was one of celebration. CWP substance misuse service lead, Suzanne Jones, was delighted at how the day turned out. She said, “I was absolutely thrilled with how our third annual celebration of recovery event went. I would like to thank everybody who attended.” 

She added, “The event was all about celebrating the recovery journeys of people who had been through our service. There were some faces here that the team and I have known for a number of years and it was truly wonderful and satisfying to see the progress that they were making on their own recovery journeys. They really were the stars of the event and special thanks must go to them.”

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