AN alcohol awareness group highlighted the effects of alcohol and how it can lead to addiction in a tour of Calderdale towns.
Calderdale in Recovery – made up of people who are in recovery from alcohol or drug issues – set up shop in Halifax, Sowerby Bridge, Elland, Todmorden and Hebden Bridge to show people the negative impact of booze and the help available.
Visitors could don a pair of beer goggles to simulate the effect of 12 pints of beer, and were tasked with trying to walk through a door.
Neil Capstick, of Calderdale In Recovery, had alcohol problems but has been sober for four-and-a-half years.
He said: “Everyone who works through Calderdale In Recovery has gone through experiences themselves and are in recovery, now acting as champions for, and able to mentor, people. We grew from initiatives such as the Basement Project and we are now setting the national standard for a project like this.”
Calderdale In Recovery has links with GP treatment services and community help groups and offers advice on which path to recovery may be the right one for a person to take – as not all were the same.
He said: “The key to recovery is finding your own way through it. The will has to come from the person but the support we can offer can be invaluable and it can make such a big diffrence and save people’s lives.”
Calderdale In Recovery, with the help of NHS Calderdale and other agencies, was supporting the Alcohol Concern campaign and encouraging people to log on to www.alcoholconcern.org for more information. Anyone worried about their drinking, or about someone else’s, can also speak in confidence to a GP, practice nurse or organisations such as Project Colt, the Basement Project and Calderdale Alcohol Service.