Positive Recovery and Midwife Support (PRaMS)

Calderdale Recovery Steps continues to deliver the PRaMS group (Positive Recovery and Midwife Support) for pregnant women who live in the Calderdale area.

Focusing on issues relating to alcohol, cocaine and crack cocaine, cannabis, heroin and neonatal abstinence syndrome, classes are held every Thursday from 10.30am to 12noon at The Women’s Centre, Silver Street, Halifax.

Why not come and see how we can support you through recovery during your pregnancy journey into a bright substance-free future?

Download the advice and information leaflets below:

PRaMS Alcohol

PRaMS Cannabis

PRaMS Cocaine & Crack

PRaMS Heroin

PRaMS Neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS)

 

Beat the winter blues

We have compiled a range of posters to help those who suffer from the winter blues.

The winter months can be a difficult time. Lack of sunlight and a disruption to the body’s natural rhythms can leave people feeling down, sluggish and even anxious. These feelings have been recognised by the medical community and they have given it the name Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

The posters and social that we are circulating try and help people find some solutions to improve their mental and physical wellbeing.

We will be also offer hints and tips on social media throughout the next couple of months using the hashtag #SparkleThroughWinter

Support at this time is particularly important for those who may have issues with alcohol and/or drugs and who might try and cope with negative feelings through substance misuse.

Our tips include:

  • Keep active – A daily walk in the middle of the day could be as helpful as light treatment for coping with the winter blues.
  • Take advantage of any sunshine – Go outdoors in natural daylight as much as possible, especially at midday and on brighter days. Inside your home, choose pale colours that reflect light from outside, and sit near windows whenever you can.
  • Keep warm – Being cold may make you feel more depressed, so staying warm may reduce the winter blues. Keep warm with hot drinks and hot food. Wear warm clothes and shoes, and aim to keep your home between 18C and 21C (or 64F and 70F degrees).
  • Eat well – A healthy diet will boost your mood, give you more energy and stop you putting on weight over winter. Balance your craving for carbohydrates, such as pasta and potatoes, with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Try something new – Keeping your mind active with a new interest may help you get through the winter blues. It could be anything, such as playing bridge, singing, knitting, joining a gym, keeping a journal, or writing a blog. The important thing is that you have something to look forward to and concentrate on.
  • Connect with other people – It’s been shown that socialising is good for your mental health and helps ward off the winter blues. Make an effort to keep in touch with people you care about and accept any invitations you get to social events, even if you only go for a little while.
  • Talk it through – Talking treatments such as counselling, psychotherapy or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help you cope with symptoms. See your GP for information on what’s available locally
  • Keep to your care plan – It’s been designed to help you achieve your goals.

Click the image below to download the campaign posters.

 

Make a slight change to your drinking to feel the benefits says Calderdale Recovery Steps

 

The Calderdale alcohol and drugs service Calderdale Recovery Steps are asking people to pledge a small change to their drinking behaviour and share it on social media using the hashtag #InspiredChange.

It is part of a campaign led by Calderdale during Alcohol Awareness Week which runs from the 19th to 25rd November to encourage people to review their drinking.

Lisa Brook, Complex Need HOPE Worker for Calderdale Recovery Steps said: “We are hoping that in Alcohol Awareness Week people will take some time to consider how a small change to their drinking might have a big impact on their life.”

Lisa continued: “There are plenty of good reasons to cut back on your drinking including watching your weight, reducing stress and saving money as well as staying healthier for longer.

“Making a small, manageable change like cutting out that after work drink or having more drink free days can mean huge health benefits and people will feel better for it. So we’re asking them to make a personal pledge to change and share it on social media using #InspiredChange.”

Alcohol Awareness Week is a national campaign organised by Alcohol Concern. The theme this year is “change”.

Calderdale Recovery Steps offers advice on summer drinking

Wasted this Summer is the title of a new campaign aimed at helping party-going young people in the area to make wiser choices about their behaviour over the summer.

Emily Todd, Director of Services West and South Yorkshire said: “The messages that we are trying to get out there are about having fun but doing so in a way that means you and others aren’t put at risk.

“People can get carried away at summer parties and especially at festivals. Wasted This Summer offers practical advice to help people get clued up about what they are doing, so they can make safer choices about alcohol and drugs.”

Posters and leaflets are being distributed across Calderdale and the campaign will be supported by social media messages that can be shared with the hashtag #WastedSummer.

Hints and tips include advice on staying hydrated, how to minimise risks and what to do in the event of someone being unwell.

Copies of the posters and leaflets can be obtained by contacting Calderdale Recovery Steps on 01422 415550, or clicking on the images below.

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