A new café is opening its doors in Linlithgow to offer support, advice and hope to people suffering from or living with the effects of addiction.
The 1st Step Recovery Café, based at The Longcroft Hall, will be run by people who are themselves in recovery and who are now committed to helping others achieve happier and more productive lives.
The system is based on SMART (Self Management And Recovery Training), a programme run by NHS Lothian in conjunction with local alcohol and drug partnerships.
There are currently 21 weekly groups taking place in Lothian and these programmes focus on self help and mutual aid and uses secular and science-based therapeutic techniques. A peer-led SMART group currently meet at St. Michael’s Church, Linlithgow, every Tuesday between noon to 1.30pm.
The informal setting will offer those keen to seek treatment for addiction an opportunity to meet with specialists, learn more about the treatment options available as well as talk to others who have battled addiction and are now in recovery.
Angie Robinson, community psychiatric nurse at NHS Lothian and chairwoman of the steering group for 1 Step Recovery Café, said: “Addiction is a mental health issue which not only affects individuals but families and communities too.
“With support, compassion and resources, individuals, families and communities can get well.
“The café will offer a range of activities including skills workshops like IT training as well as advice sessions and peer support groups.
“We also hope to challenge the stigma of addiction by offering volunteering places for members of the public.”
The official opening of the new group was performned by Dharmacarini Kuladharini, director of the Scottish Recovery Consortium.
The café opened on Tuesday, April 7, and will run each Tuesday from 10am-3pm.