We have met hundreds, if not thousands of people across the country who have used solvents over the course of their lives. Encouraging you to share those experiences and tell those stories is the most powerful tool we have in breaking down the stigma around solvent abuse, and showing that recovery is possible.
About 17,000 people in the UK misuse products like lighter refills, aerosols or solvents. Most don’t talk about it and don’t access recovery services. How can we start to change that?
Please can your group help…?
In their 2010 Drug Strategy, the government emphasised the importance of building recovery in communities. To do this, a person needs certain resources to help them start and sustain recovery from drug and alcohol dependence – not least through building “social capital” or “the resource a person has from their relationships (e.g. family, partners, children, friends and peers). This includes both support received, and commitment and obligations resulting from relationships.”
We have a growing team of people whom we regularly contact for advice and feedback about the work that we do. If you’d be willing to add your voice, we’d love to hear from you. It would involve allowing us to phone or email you no more than four times a year – perhaps to get your thoughts on a new idea, or ask you to complete a short survey or to see what you think about a new leaflet or resource we’re working on. Again, just email Vic or phone 01785 817885. Thank you!