Celebrating Christmas alcohol free

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Do you need a drink to help you cope with the in-laws and the stress of Christmas? Did you realise 1 in 3 people know someone with a drink problem that seriously affects their life?*

For a lot of people, Christmas and alcohol go hand in hand, which can make the festivities around Christmas and the holidays difficult for people in recovery from addiction. Friends and family may be drinking or a person in recovery may be lonely at this time of year.

Reflecting on Christmas, one Nelson Trust client said: “December was always the most depressing month. Not only did I miss my daughter’s birthday, but I also missed our family Christmases. I tried to numb the pain by self-medicating with substances. It never worked. I needed help.

“At the height of my addiction, I didn’t think I’d be around to see any more Christmases. Now, I’ve never felt happier or more comfortable in my own skin. Being together for Christmas means everything to me.”

The Nelson Trust has been walking with people out of addiction and into recovery for over 30 years. They say there is plenty of alcohol-free fun to be had, and they run two community enterprises to have it in.

“We want to make sure that people have a choice and have safe spaces where they can have fun and socialise but in an alcohol free environment where the entertainment is a focus not the alcohol” said Rose Mahon, Head of Excellence and Development at The Nelson Trust.

The Nelson Trust runs The Clean Plate, a popular not-for-profit community cafe in Gloucester City Centre and The Sober Parrot, an alcohol-free live entertainment venue in the heart of Cheltenham. Many team members in both enterprises are in recovery from addiction or want to make recovery from addiction more visible in our communities.

There are thousands of people in the county affected by drug and alcohol addiction – whether directly, through friends and families or as victims of crime and anti-social behaviour.

The Hub Enterprises are here to promote recovery: to show that recovery is possible and to let the county know that hope, change and lifelong recover can be achieved, and is being achieved every day.

The Hub Enterprises create space for people to recover from addiction to drugs and alcohol. Through working together to overcome isolation, exclusion and loneliness we can help individuals fulfil their potential and benefit the community as a whole.

If you’re looking for an alcohol-free venue to celebrate with friends and family, why not book a table together at The Sober Parrot!

If you would like to support The Nelson Trust’s Christmas Appeal – Together for Christmas you can text NELSON to 70085 followed by £5, £10, or £20.

 * The Centre for Social Justice, No Quick Fix, Exposing the depth of Britains’s drug and alcohol problem (London, 2013).

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