The partnership between the G.P Referral Scheme, Croxteth Sports & Wellbeing Centre and Addaction is working out great. We have had a lot of people from Addaction who have been without substances for over three months; they have been signposted to the Sports Centre, some of their own accord but a lot get sent to the G.P to go on the G.P Referral Scheme.
We are extremely proud of the G.P Referral Scheme and the service Daryl the instructor provides .We have some really positive feedback from the service users. However; there is one story that we want to share, as it is really heart felt and touching to see someone at rock bottom come out at the other end….
Terry aged 46 is a local guy who has lived around the area all his life. Over the years he had become a user of drugs; at the tender age of 27 he had become dependent on drugs and after years of abuse to his own body Terry decided he’d had enough; unfortunately this wasn’t early enough for his own health. Terry was now suffering with his health and was becoming increasing ill; he was diagnosed with C.O.P.D and emphysema.
With the help of the G.P referral scheme, Addaction and Croxteth Sports Centre Terry turned his life around and was looking at ways to improve his health. He has now been clean for over 8 months and is moving from strength to strength. Croxteth Sports Centre work with Addaction to provide a service for its users; anyone who has been clean for 3 months can come along to the centre and pay £1 per session. Once Terry’s G.P referral scheme finished Addaction sent him to the centre and now Terry is a regular in the gym and is moving forward with increasing level of self-esteem and social skills, and has become a valued member of Croxteth Sports and Wellbeing.
Terry has also become a recovery champ for Addaction; he has done a number of presentations not just to his peers but to a room full of Professionals to not only tell them all about his journey but to show Addaction how they can further improve the service they offer.
Tammy Burgess, Sports & Health Wellbeing manager explains; “The most warming and heart felt thing for us is it gives other people and Mums and Dads hope that people can make changes to their lifestyle”
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