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Drug and alcohol services have long been committed to supporting people in recovery as a central principle in their service delivery.

The Recovery Pride Charter invites drug and alcohol services to make four key recovery pledges to their service-users which will support them on their road to recovery. Haringey’s service-users, drug and alcohol services, and Haringey Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) have put the charter together. We collectively believe that recovery is possible, that people in recovery are talented individuals and that the stigma experienced by those struggling with drug and alcohol issues must end. The charter is a call to action for drug and alcohol services to signal their on-going commitment to building recovery.

The charter is being launched as part of Recovery Pride 2012 (26-31st March 2012)—Haringey’s first recovery week—an exciting programme of events which we hope will motivate those struggling with drug and alcohol problems, celebrate the success of those in recovery, and tackle stigma in the wider community. Recovery from drug and alcohol problems is different for each person. For some people abstinence is the answer, whilst for others controlled use works. The key thing is that recovery should be self-defined.

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* Read the Recovery Pride Charter below and pledge your commitment by ticking here:

1. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
We will acknowledge recovery and make it visible by:
– Helping service-users see their own strengths, assets and talents
– Encouraging service-users to be bold and loud about the changes they have achieved
– Holding regular celebratory recovery events for service-users, staff, family and friends
– Inviting those at every stage of recovery to speak at events or training
– Communicating stories of success in recovery in a range of ways

2. VOICE
We will ensure that service-users’ voices and views are heard by:
– Recognising that service-users are experts by experience
– Offering opportunities for service-users to become part of our teams through peer mentoring or volunteering
– Ensuring service-users are inputting into service development and delivery and that they see results
– Working together with other local and national service-user groups to spread the word about
recovery and to reduce stigma

3. CREATIVITY
We will foster and support creative and constructive ideas for promoting recovery and reducing stigma by:
– Acknowledging that all ideas are seeds for an opportunity
– Making time to talk
– Offering lots of different ways for service-users to communicate ideas or feedback
– Making sure service-user’s recovery-focused ideas or changes happen

4. PARTNERSHIP
We recognise that building recovery is not something we can do alone and will work in partnership with other agencies to deliver it by:
– Treating service-users as partners in recovery
– Being proactive in getting other professionals involved
– Fighting for our service-users’ right to equality and dignity
– Working collaboratively on recovery-focused projects with other agencies
– Ensuring that there are opportunities for service-users to work collaboratively across agencies
– Ensure that service-users can access mainstream services and opportunities in employment, training and education

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