Churches Together in Winchester tackles addiction in the city

Churches Together in Winchester is promoting a series of events aimed at tackling the scourge of addictions.

The government’s 2017 Drug Strategy[1] estimated the social and economic cost of drug supply in England and Wales at £10.7 billion and 2.7 million people aged 16-59 reported using a drug in the past year. The NHS[2] estimated 1.1 million hospital appointments in 2015-16 were related to alcohol consumption. And barely a week goes by without a new report on the impact of gambling, social media, gaming or any more of the myriad addictions which afflict society.

Addiction is something which many people have to grapple with at some point, whether it affects themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague. Too often, people struggle on their own; we want to point them to the most effective support. This programme consists of:

  • An open meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous at Winchester Cathedral, a centenary meeting of Bill Wilson’s first visit to Winchester.
  • Thursday 16 August 7.00 p.m.
    This follows a presentation by Chrissie Bye of Alcoholics Anonymous at the Churches Together AGM, where she outlined how people from all backgrounds transform their lives through the AA programme. To find out more, contact their national helpline on 0800 9177 650 or visit Poster cathedral 16-08-18
  • A ‘Celebration of Recovery’ in the Cathedral Outer Close.
    Saturday 25 August  midday – 4.00 p.m. Visitors of all ages can enjoy activities in the cathedral’s outer close as part of an event to raise awareness of services helping those recovering from alcohol and drug addiction and those who are struggling with mental illness.
  • Tuesday 18 September
    Churches Together in Winchester launches its own Recovery Course. The free 15-session course takes place at Winchester Vineyard Church in Bar End and will aid individuals struggling with a wide range of addictions; including eating, alcohol, drugs, pornography, shopping, medication,exercise, relationships, technology, sex, gambling A simple meal is served at 6.30 p.m. Video and discussion 7.00 – 9.00 p.m. Confidential booking can be arranged by contacting quoting just a first name.

Nigel Hemming (chair of Churches Together/Vineyard Leader) says “We are delighted to host this successful course again which is confidential and helps people to find freedom from their addictions. We hope people will share this information as far and wide as they can, because sometimes those who could most benefit from help may find it hardest to share their need with those around them.”




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