Have a top night out without any alcohol
ACTIVE Recovery Development (ARD) is a peer-led community recovery support group for those in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction within the Rochdale borough.
ARD put on monthly Dry Nights - alcohol-free replications of the nightclub experience with live music, where a great time can be had in a safe environment.
For many people in recovery, deciding to change their drinking habits means being resigned to spending weekend nights at home, hiding away from the call of after-work drinks and shuffling quickly past their local.
They end up missing a good night out because they don’t want to be in an environment where the atmosphere - and often behaviour - is alcohol-fuelled.
The next ARD Dry Night will be at VIBE on Drake Street on Saturday, September 30, from 7pm 11pm, with free entry.
Don’t turn up if you have had a drink, as you will politely be refused entry. You are guaranteed a safe environment with great music and local performers. This is a chance to enjoy life without alcohol or drugs.
This month’s event has a special significance, as September is the UK’s Recovery Month.
Recovery Month is a time to focus on promoting the benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, to celebrate people in recovery and emphasise the message that recovery in all its forms is possible.
Recovery Month is also an opportunity to promote the positive message that behavioural health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, that treatment is effective and that people can and do recover.
ARD supports Recovery Month, believing it to be important to people, like its members in recovery, as it provides a means of collective celebration about what is possible, as well as a means of disseminating hope to those who need it.
It allows people to hold hands physically or metaphorically and say, ‘we did it’.
Recovery Month showcases good news rather than tragedy.
Organisations like ARD do vital work in making recovery visible and helping to de-stigmatise addiction, so that it can be treated as the health and social care problem which it is, rather than the tabloid headline version.
It is important to raise awareness that recovery is possible and that society benefits from prevention, treatment and recovery services and that in recovery it is possible to have a good night out.
Follow ARD on Twitter @ArdRochdale.
●●Rob Lowe and Marcus Henry performing at an ARD Dry Night