Recovery Academy of Ireland winning support

The Recovery Academy of Ireland, a recently-launched forum to promote recovery from drug addiction and provide a voice for people in recovery, is gaining widespread support. More than 70 people attended its recent information morning held in the Mansion House in Dublin.

Launched in autumn 2015, the Academy has already hosted a range of social events for people in recovery, undertaken research on available recovery options in the north inner city and engaged in advocacy on recovery.

At the Mansion House event, speakers from Changes UK, a leading UK centre for people seeking recovery from drugs and alcohol, spoke about how they had developed their organisation which includes training and housing options for people in early recovery. They also discussed the forthcoming launch in Birmingham of Recovery Central, a multi-purpose social utility which will include a cafe, small enterprise units and meeting rooms.

Changes UK will run a course in Dublin in July for 'recovery coaches', people who are established in their recovery and can act as mentors and supports for people wishing to progress in their drug treatment and rehabilitation.

Forthcoming plans for the Irish Recovery Academy include a Family Fun Day to be held in the Tallaght Rehabilitation Project in late July for families in recovery and a range of activities for International Recovery Month in September.

The Recovery Academy has a vibrant role to play in giving hope to people caught in addiction in Ireland, especially in Dublin where the drug situation is at crisis point and a vicious drug-related gang war rages.