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Substance misuse group raises awareness about addiction

Leamington Editorial 15th Jul, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A SUBSTANCE misuse support group have taken to the water to raise awareness about addiction.

Leamington-based ESH Works – which supports families dealing with alcohol and drug problems – took a narrowboat up and down Hatton Locks to raise awareness about the issues faced by those caring for addicts.

The group took the boat through a total of 42 locks, stopping to speak to passers-by and handing out leaflets and balloons along the way.

ESH chief executive Paul Urmston said: “By the end of the day we were tired but elated, the whole day was a complete success.

“It is so important to raise awareness of the problems people face when there is addiction in the family and we wanted the day to help promote the confidential service we provide.

“Our experience is that family members are reluctant to come forward for help because of the stigma associated with the problem, but when they do come they feel relieved that they are not alone.

“We give them ways to cope with the situation and give them the correct support and guidance to help the relation with the addiction.”

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