Addicts on road to recovery at Rushden residential unit

A new support service for men recovering from drink and drug addictions has opened
A new support service for men recovering from drink and drug addictions has opened

A new support service for men recovering from drink and drug addictions has opened.

Recovery House has only been open for a matter of weeks in Rushden, but already has three residents benefiting from its support.

It is a six-bed residential unit for men and is run by 18 part-time volunteers as part of the East Northants Faith Group.

Project manager Sandra Taylor said: “It has sprung up as a partner project to the Sanctuary Night Shelter.

“That has been operating for eight years and it became very apparent that a lot of people who were finding themselves homeless also had addictions.

“Mark Lees has been wanting to set up a rehabilitation institution where we could give people the proper help they need and lasting help.

“This property used to be run by Headway, it’s been empty for a couple of years and we have been able to lease it from Spire Homes.

“So far we have had a very positive start, our residents have been great and really value their place here. They are all really focused on their recovery.”

The house is staffed 24 hours a day and some of its volunteers have been through rehabilitation themselves.

Many volunteers come from local churches but they are not all Christians.

The six-month programme for residents includes Christian teaching, and they are asked to take part in church activities in the week and go to church on Sundays.

But it is hoped they will also learn new life skills and find a way back into the workplace.

Residents are responsible for the upkeep of the house, cook communally in the evenings and are encouraged to go to support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

Sandra said: “There’s a huge need out there and we are trying to address that. Whatever support they need, we will work with them. I am really excited by the challenge, it’s been scary too, but it’s very exciting. It’s very encouraging to see how it’s working and seeing an incredible team of people so dedicated to this.”

To volunteer call Sandra on 01933 353760, email recoveryhouse@btinternet.com or search for Recovery House on Facebook.