Staff and people who use the South Tyneside Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service are undertaking a coastal walk in South Shields to celebrate Recovery Month.

To commemorate Recovery Month, people associated with the service and their partners will take part in the walk that aims to present a positive message about recovery.

Jen Feckie, Lead Practitioner at the South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service said: “The walk allows everyone associated with the service to take a step back and reflect on all of the hard work and determination they provide every single day.

“This year it’s all the more important to promote recovery after the difficult time everyone has experienced during lockdown. Our service users have shown real strength and determination by remaining abstinent and sustaining their recovery.

“By going on this walk, we hope to increase the awareness of local people that treatment for drug and alcohol addiction is effective and people can and do recover.”

Each September, Recovery Month works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.

The walk takes place on Thursday 7th September at 9.30am, starting at the Amphitheatre in South Shields. Those people looking to attend should bring clothes and shoes suitable to withstand the variable North-East weather.

Participants should understand that the event may change at short notice based on the latest government guidance, and that every participant is expected to follow the current government rules on Covid-19 protection.

If you would like to speak to someone in confidence about yours or someone else’s drug or alcohol use, then contact the South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service on 0191 917 1160.