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Nairn drop-in to help addicts to have safe space

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An organisation in Nairn has launched a new drop-in service which will allow those who are in recovery from addiction to have a safe space during the week.

SMART Recovery launched the scheme last week, where people can get a bowl of soup and spend time with trained volunteers.

Debbie Smith, who is organising the sessions, said: “This is a relaxed, caring, loving and safe environment.”

The drop-ins allow those in recovery to spend time in a supportive environment and partake in activities such as crafts or games.

A space has been set up if people just want to relax, read a newspaper and have a warm drink.

Volunteer Pam McIntosh, who has worked in mental health for 30 years, said: “There is a need for somewhere like this, not only in Nairn, but in every town and city.

“There needs to be somewhere that people can go and get information or peer support or simply to relax and have a hot drink or meal.”

The aim is to allow those who are in recovery to have time and a place to talk with like-minded people.

The drop-in sessions contain literature looking at building and maintaining motivation, coping with urges and managing thoughts.

SMART Recovery in Nairn allows those in recovery to get support in their local area rather than having to travel to another town.

Volunteer Jason Liddle said: “Too often those managing recovery must travel further afield to have an informal chat when seeking professional support.

“This is something that many people recovering simply could not do.”

The sessions are also open to family members of those who are in recovery with support provided to them too.

Cindy Milne, who is also volunteering, said: “Recovery can be a very lonely journey and to have a welcoming face in the middle of the week to listen or chat with, is so helpful.”

No referrals are needed for attending the sessions provided. Sessions take place on Wednesdays from 1pm-3pm at the United Reformed Church in Nairn.

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