recovery week 2021

What is Recovery Week?

September is Recovery Month, an international awareness-raising event which seeks to celebrate the achievements of those who have overcome addiction, highlight the benefits of treatment and a drug free lifestyle, spread the message that recovery is possible whilst also challenging the stigma’s and prejudices faced by the recovery community.

Locally, within Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland (LLR) we host a week of events and activities to mark this awareness raising campaign, this week usually commences from the first Monday of September.

upload your video submissions here*

you can come upload more than one video if you want!

*Before you agree to ‘submit’ your video, you will be asked to complete a simple media consent form.

announcement!

This year’s Recovery Week will be a mix of social media, virtual sessions & outdoor events between 20th & 26th September

What does Recovery Week look like?

Ordinarily, Recovery Week will see a wide range of events take place across LLR, where Service users, professionals, the recovery community, partner services and the general public are encouraged to attend. The aim being to make recovery visible to those who may not consider it achievable and to raise awareness of addiction, local treatment services and peer support.

  • Service open days    •    Football Tournaments
  • Art exhibitions           •   Creative arts performances
  • Film Festivals            •   Community celebration events
  • Recovery Walks        •   ‘pop-up’ information stalls

Because the region is still managing the Covid Pandemic, not as much indoor activities are happening, but we are making sure the social media, virtual & outdoor events make up for it!

This enforced shift in delivery style, means we are more reliant than ever on the support of Service Users and partners to promote this awareness campaign via your own social media channels and online platforms. Please read the ‘support social media campaign’ section at the end of this article.

Who Organises Recovery Week?

Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Recovery Week has emerged from the ever-growing recovery community across the City and Counties. Our recovery community is comprised of those with lived experience of substance use, addiction and treatment services who now consider themselves to be in recovery.

The recovery community are invited each year to plan, organise and participate in recovery week, not only to celebrate their own achievements, but to make recovery visible, to show those still in addiction that there is an alternative, and the support is in place locally through both commissioned services and peer support to enact a lasting change, for the benefit of the individual, their families and the wider community.

Recovery benefits the whole community, not just the individual, as such, Recovery Week is supported through a partnership between the recovery community, service users & providers and local services, including:

Why is ‘Recovery’ important for Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland?

Drugs & Alcohol don’t discriminate, they don’t recognise age, gender, ethnicity or religious beliefs. Substance use affects all of our communities across LLR.

Around 1 in 10 adults locally have used an illegal drug in the last year, and closer to 9 in 10 will regularly consume alcohol. Everyone’s reasons for using a substance will be unique to them, but one thing they all have in common is the fact that no one uses a substance with the intention of becoming dependent upon it.

Addiction doesn’t just affect the individual who is using, friends and families will often also suffer as a result, and the longer this use goes on for the greater the impact on the wider community.

Public services such as the NHS & Police have to divert significant resources to try and manage the physical and mental health implications as well as the associated criminality including serious violence & organised crime resulting from the demand for illicit substances.

It’s not enough to rely upon enforcement such as arresting drug dealers and restricting the supply of illicit substances coming into an area to address the issue of drug use and addiction. Whilst there remains a local demand for these substances a supply will always be present.

To reduce this local demand for illicit substances we not only have to understand the initial drivers of this use, but we also have to support those using to engage with services and realise that recovery is a viable option which remains open to them.

Leicestershire Data Context:

• An estimated 1 in 10 adults have used an illegal drug in the last 12 months
• This figure is closer to 1 in 5 for those aged 11-18
• It’s estimated that investment in our local treatment services reduces crime by;
- 23% amongst those supported with drug misuse
- 48% amongst those supported with alcohol misuse
• As a result, local treatment services provide financial benefits worth an estimated;
- £1.3m per annum to social care
- £7.5m per annum to the economy
• Drug & alcohol treatment provides an estimated return on investment of £4 for every £1 invested.

How can you 'get involved' and contribute to Recovery Week?

"send in your videos!"

We are asking Service Users from the Recovery Community, representatives from local organisations and prominent figures to record a few words or quotes, which can be posted on social media during the week, either as standalone items or as montages…..

a)
we have pre-written a set of Recovery Focused quotes for your convenience to read out...

b)
for people in Recovery, heres some questions for you to answer - just one or as many as you like...

c)
some more quotes from the 'Just for Today' book...

For any assistance please email: hello@dearalbert.co.uk OR call Dear Albert on:

"if you already have a video to submit... thats great! all you have to do now is upload, thankyou!"

upload your video submissions here*

you can come upload more than one video if you want!

*Before you agree to ‘submit’ your video, you will be asked to complete a simple media consent form.

Support the Social Media campaign...

Throughout the week, a number of local services will be putting content out on social media, primarily Twitter, using the following hashtags #RW2021 & #RecoveryWeek. You can show support by promoting e.g. retweeting & liking any such messages which may link in with or overlap your own aims and objectives etc. Alternatively, content created by yourselves which use the campaign hashtags can be easily identified and promoted by other services.

What is Recovery Week?

September is Recovery Month, an international awareness-raising event which seeks to celebrate the achievements of those who have overcome addiction, highlight the benefits of treatment and a drug free lifestyle, spread the message that recovery is possible whilst also challenging the stigma’s and prejudices faced by the recovery community.

Locally, within Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland (LLR) we host a week of events and activities to mark this awareness raising campaign, this week usually commences from the first Monday of September.

announcement!

This year’s Recovery Week will be a mix of social media, virtual sessions & outdoor events between 20th & 26th September

What does Recovery Week look like?

Ordinarily, Recovery Week will see a wide range of events take place across LLR, where Service users, professionals, the recovery community, partner services and the general public are encouraged to attend. The aim being to make recovery visible to those who may not consider it achievable and to raise awareness of addiction, local treatment services and peer support.

  • Service open days    •   Football Tournaments
  • Art exhibitions    •   Creative arts performances
  • Film Festivals    •   Community celebration events
  • Recovery Walks    • ‘pop-up’ information stalls

Because the region is still managing the Covid Pandemic, not as much indoor activities are happening, but we are making sure the social media, virtual & outdoor events make up for it!

This enforced shift in delivery style, means we are more reliant than ever on the support of Service Users and partners to promote this awareness campaign via their own social media channels and online platforms. Please read the ‘support social media campaign’ section at the end of this article.

Who Organises Recovery Week?

Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Recovery Week has emerged from the ever-growing recovery community across the City and Counties. Our recovery community is comprised of those with lived experience of substance use, addiction and treatment services who now consider themselves to be in recovery.

The recovery community are invited each year to plan, organise and participate in recovery week, not only to celebrate their own achievements, but to make recovery visible, to show those still in addiction that there is an alternative, and the support is in place locally through both commissioned services and peer support to enact a lasting change, for the benefit of the individual, their families and the wider community.

Recovery benefits the whole community, not just the individual, as such, Recovery Week is supported through a partnership between the recovery community, service users & providers and local services, including:

Why is ‘Recovery’ important for Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland?

Drugs & Alcohol don’t discriminate, they don’t recognise age, gender, ethnicity or religious beliefs. Substance use affects all of our communities across LLR.

Around 1 in 10 adults locally have used an illegal drug in the last year, and closer to 9 in 10 will regularly consume alcohol. Everyone’s reasons for using a substance will be unique to them, but one thing they all have in common is the fact that no one uses a substance with the intention of becoming dependent upon it.

Addiction doesn’t just affect the individual who is using, friends and families will often also suffer as a result, and the longer this use goes on for the greater the impact on the wider community.

Public services such as the NHS & Police have to divert significant resources to try and manage the physical and mental health implications as well as the associated criminality including serious violence & organised crime resulting from the demand for illicit substances.

It’s not enough to rely upon enforcement such as arresting drug dealers and restricting the supply of illicit substances coming into an area to address the issue of drug use and addiction. Whilst there remains a local demand for these substances a supply will always be present.

To reduce this local demand for illicit substances we not only have to understand the initial drivers of this use, but we also have to support those using to engage with services and realise that recovery is a viable option which remains open to them.

Leicestershire Data Context:

• An estimated 1 in 10 adults have used an illegal drug in the last 12 months
• This figure is closer to 1 in 5 for those aged 11-18
• It’s estimated that investment in our local treatment services reduces crime by;
- 23% amongst those supported with drug misuse
- 48% amongst those supported with alcohol misuse
• As a result, local treatment services provide financial benefits worth an estimated;
- £1.3m per annum to social care
- £7.5m per annum to the economy
• Drug & alcohol treatment provides an estimated return on investment of £4 for every £1 invested.

How can you 'get involved' and contribute to Recovery Week?

"send in your videos!"

We are asking Service Users from the Recovery Community, representatives from local organisations and prominent figures to record a few words or quotes, which can be posted on social media during the week, either as standalone items or as montages…

a)
we have pre-written a set of Recovery Focused quotes for your convenience to read out...

b)
for people in Recovery, heres some questions for you to answer - just one or as many as you like...

c)
some more quotes from the 'Just for Today' book...

For any assistance please email: hello@dearalbert.co.uk OR call Dear Albert on:

"if you already have a video to submit... thats great! all you have to do now is upload, thankyou!"

upload your video submissions here*

you can come upload more than one video if you want!

*Before you agree to ‘submit’ your video, you will be asked to complete a simple media consent form.

Support the Social Media campaign...

Throughout the week, a number of local services will be putting content out on social media, primarily Twitter, using the following hashtags #RW2021 & #RecoveryWeek. You can show support by promoting e.g. retweeting & liking any such messages which may link in with or overlap your own aims and objectives etc. Alternatively, content created by yourselves which use the campaign hashtags can be easily identified and promoted by other services.