Decade of beating addiction

A THERAPY centre is celebrating 10 years of helping sufferers beat addiction this weekend.

The Living Room in Stevenage marks its first decade today (Saturday) with a 10 mile sponsored walk around the town by clients and friends of the charity as well as hosting a Christmas Fair.

The centre freely treats sufferers of all kinds of addiction thanks to the hard work of staff and fundraisers as well as community support from the borough council, the NHS, churches and other charities which collectively raise the �350,000 needed by the centre each year.

Founder and director, Janis Feely, was delighted to reach the milestone.

“It’s incredible - from starting in one room in a community centre to where we are today,” she said. “To see the amount of lives changed. Children reunited, families coming back together again. We see miracles here everyday.

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“We are for people with any addiction - food, sex as well as alcohol and drugs. It is primarily group therapy and one-on-one treatment, which is abstinence based. We can have people here well over a year - as long as it takes. And if people relapse they come straight back.

She added: “We get enormous support from the council who have supported us from day one. We are very grateful.”

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The walk begins at 10am from the centre at The Glebe, then from 2pm the doors will open for the Christmas Fair.

Proceeds from both the walk and the fair will go towards the continuing work of Janis and her team.

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