Re­cov­er­ing ad­dicts take cen­tre stage

Macclesfield Express - - TOWN CENTRE SPECIAL REPORT -

FOR­MER ad­dicts are to hold a tal­ent show.

The “Re­cov­ery Has Tal­ent” show, due to be held in Septem­ber, will fea­ture at least 20 acts in­clud­ing singers and dancers.

The event is be­ing or­gan­ised by the Reach Out And Re­cover group, a com­mu­nity based re­cov­ery hous­ing pro­ject which was set up last year to help re­cov­er­ing ad­dicts in Mac­cles­field.

The Church­side based group of­fers meet­ings, sup­port and work ex­pe­ri­ence to peo­ple re­cov­er­ing from ad­dic­tions to drugs, al­co­hol, pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion and le­gal highs.

Re­cov­ery worker Vicky Mill­ward said the aim of the show was to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether.

She said: “There is a lot of stigma at­tached to for­mer ad­dicts. We hope with Re­cov­ery Has Tal­ent to let peo­ple see the per­son in­stead of the ad­dict.” The event, the venue for which has not yet been con­firmed, will fea­ture per­for­mances from re­cov­er­ing ad­dicts, their fam­i­lies and re­cov­ery work­ers. The group plans to set up a stage and have the judges dress up as Si­mon Cow­ell and other judges from pop­u­lar TV show Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent.

Tina Cross, a for­mer heroin ad­dict from Mac­cles­field, is look­ing for­ward to per­form­ing at the show as part of a Spice Girls trib­ute act.

The 41-year-old said she thought the event would do a lot of good for the for­mer ad­dicts, their fam­i­lies and the com­mu­nity. Tina was ad­dicted to heroin and crack from the age of 22 be­fore go­ing to the re­cov­ery cen­tre in De­cem­ber. She said: “I would never have got this far with­out Reach Out And Re­cover. They’ve com­pletely changed my life.” Tina’s daugh­ters are also tak­ing part in the show. Tina said: “They’re both great dancers, so I’m hop­ing they’ll be able to teach me how to dance like a proper Spice girl.”

Sean Roberts, a re­cov­er­ing al­co­holic who spent five years home­less on the streets of Mac­cles­field, plans to play a cover of a Bea­tles song at the event.

His friend took him to the re­cov­ery cen­tre.

He said: “I’d hit rock bot­tom af­ter five years liv­ing rough on the streets.

“Now I’m here I feel like I’m build­ing my life back up again.”

‘I’d hit rock bot­tom af­ter five years of liv­ing rough’

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