Light At The End Of the Tunnel
The aim of this Project was to use photography to help capture real life reflections of past and present service users of Calderdale Substance Misuse Service (CSMS). All participants in this project volunteered to share their personal experience of their journey of recovery from drug or alcohol misuse. For many people who use this service it is the first point of call in seeking help to change their lives around. The people in the photographs are depicted in front of an open gate under a tunnel on the centre’s grounds.
The service provides specialist assessment, interventions and treatment for adults who are 21 years or older experiencing alcohol or drug related problems. The service is available for all Calderdale residents
The aims of the service are:
To reduce drug and alcohol related harm to communities, individuals and their families
To provide treatment programs based on the best possible evidence that will have positive outcomes on health, crime, personal and social functioning
To promote a holistic client centred approach to recovery involving the service user every step of the way
Recovery is a unique and individual experience and while there may be common themes and experiences, no two people’s recovery journeys will be identical.
Recovery is being able to live a meaningful and satisfying life, as defined by each person, in the presence or absence of symptoms. It is about having control over and input into your own life.
Recovery requires the building of aspirations and hope for the individual alcohol /drug user, their families and those providing services and support.
Recovery is about the growth of positive benefits, not just reducing or removing harms caused by substance misuse.
Recovery is about building a satisfying and meaningful life, as defined by the person themselves, and involves participation in the rights, roles and responsibilities of society.
Alongside negative stories of drug and alcohol misuse, there are stories of hope and change.