My journey with booze and drugs - a personal story about addiction

Mary Breslin and Leona McMenimen of the Drink Think project.(2105JB80)
Mary Breslin and Leona McMenimen of the Drink Think project.(2105JB80)

Local people are encouraged to think about the impact of alcohol and drugs, as part of Alcohol & Drug Awareness Week which began yesterday, May 20.

Residents and organisations are encouraged to get involved in a range of planned activities organised by the Triax Drug & Alcohol sub group.

Mary Breslin from the Drink Think Project explains: “We recognise that people within our community are experiencing a range of alcohol and drug related harm from dependence prescription medicine through to chronic alcoholism.”

A Legal Highs Campaign will also be launched, with local households receiving a leaflet with information on Legal Highs. Another event organised for the week will be a free seminar running tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22, at 7pm in the City Hotel entitled “if you could see, would you do”.

The event is organised by Divert. Paul Dalton says: “The seminar will explore the impact of drug and alcohol use on the individual and the family. Rachael Keogh author of “Dying to Survive” will be featured as will the mother of a recovered addict, the words of three children living with a parent with an addiction, a brave local girl who overcame not only an alcohol addiction but several years later a drug addiction and finally a Doctor who will speak of the damage an addict can do to themselves and their families mental health.”

Contact Mary on: 71 363925 or Leona on: 71 269327 or: www.drinkthinkproject.org.