Cocaine Anonymous Group set up in Stamford to help people with drug addiction and related issues
A group has been formed to help people with drug addiction and related issues.
Cocaine Anonymous meets weekly in Stamford after being set up by a man who has been ‘clean’ for several years.
His aim is to help addicts to kick their drugs habit, as well as helping family members.
Wishing to remain anonymous himself, he said: “I have lived around Rutland and Stamford for most of my life, and I’ve struggled with alcoholism and drug addictions for many years, but didn’t find a solution until seven years ago.”
The solution was a Cocaine Anonymous meeting in London, where he was living at the time.
Since then he has been able to stop taking drugs, and wants to help others do the same.
“In October 2018, I saw a great need for a Cocaine Anonymous meeting in Stamford, which is currently in the grips of an epidemic of drugs and alcoholism,” he said.
“To that end, I set up the Primary Purpose Group of Cocaine Anonymous Stamford on Thursday nights.”
Cocaine Anonymous, which originally started in California in the 1990s, aims to help people stay free from cocaine and all other mind-altering drugs.
It does this by using a 12-step programme, and is recommended by the NHS as one way in which people can gain help to beat their addiction.
The Stamford meeting is an open meeting, meaning non-addicts are welcome to attend, with a view to helping and referring family members and to find recovery.
Attendance numbers vary from week to week, with numbers in recent weeks reaching the mid-20s.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering drugs, or a desire to find out more in order to help others to achieve this too.
The Stamford group meets at Barn Hill Methodist Church every Thursday.
They meet in the Upstairs Lounge at 7pm for refreshments before starting formally at 7.30pm. Meetings finish at 9pm.
There is no membership fee.
Anyone who is interested in attending can go along, or call the organiser on 07590 529999 to find out more details.
You can also call the Cocaine Anonymous helpline for the central area on 0800 689 4732 or visit their website www.centralukca.co.uk.
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