Substance misuse in Clitheroe

girl on drugs in the bathroom
girl on drugs in the bathroom

two new treatment groups have been launched in Clitheroe to help support recovery from substance misuse.

RAMP (reduction and motivation programme) and SMART (self management and recovery training) are groups that use self-help and mutual aid to create an effective environment for recovery and help to empower people to achieve their personal goals.

Volunteers from the local community are helping to deliver the group sessions, offering inspiration from their personal experiences and providing positive role models for group members to aspire to.

The groups are open to anyone in Clitheroe who wishes to address their substance misuse and make positive changes to their lives. A group member commented: “I was very sceptical when I first attended a RAMP session. After spending most of my life stuck in the cycle of addiction, I thought that there was nothing that I could be taught, but after giving RAMP a chance, I realised that whilst I knew everything there was to know about addiction, I knew nothing of recovery. The sessions have helped me to realise that I don’t have to walk this path alone.”

Whilst RAMP looks at the underlying causes of substance misuse and helps members move on to further treatment such as detox and rehab, SMART helps individuals to develop the tools they need to help themselves achieve and maintain recovery, with members also being trained to set up further groups within the community, which will help them maintain their recovery in the long term.

Both group sessions are held at 44a York Street, with RAMP sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10-30 a.m. to noon and 12-30 p.m. to 2 p.m. SMART sessions start with an introductory meeting on Thursdays, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and then on Friday evenings from 7-30 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more details, call Chris Hill on 01200 413630.