Walk helps Hartlepool addicts on the road to recovery

SSL staff and tenants taking part in the 2015 Recovery Walk.
SSL staff and tenants taking part in the 2015 Recovery Walk.

Hartlepool tenants recovering from addiction have spread the word around drug and alcohol dependency by taking part in a national awareness walk.

The group of four travelled from Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Grange Road to nearby Durham for the Recovery Walk 2015.

All four are living in the SSL scheme, and are receiving support for alcohol misuse issues among their wider support needs, as part of their journey to recovery and independence.

They met with tenants from SSL’s drug misuse supported housing in Stockton to take part in the walk together.

Last year, the event drew in 8,000 people involved in drug and alcohol rehabilitation services when it was held in Manchester.

SSL deputy manager Heather Bell works with the Norton Road tenants to overcome their alcohol misuse.

She said: “There’s quite a big taboo about addiction and often wider society might not be aware of the issues that can be associated, such as depression and self-harm.

“To take part in a walk like this and venture out among so many people is a big step for our tenants, and they’re to be congratulated for giving it a go in the name of raising awareness.”

Grange Road consists of supported housing services for people recovering from addiction or escaping from homelessness.

Tenants are supported to develop the skills needed to live independently including managing money, accessing education and other services and assistance to find accommodation when they are ready to move on.