Have a top night out with­out any al­co­hol

Rochdale Observer - - WHAT’S ON - Steve@aata.me

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

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