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Fritton festival helps recovering addicts

16:28 23 June 2013

Recovery evolution festival at Fritton Lake.

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Recovery evolution festival at Fritton Lake. Organisers.

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The serene setting of Fritton Lake near Great Yarmouth was chosen for a weekend festival aimed at supporting people on their journey of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.

Recovery evolution festival at Fritton Lake.

Junk Shop Poets, brothers Justin and John Peach.Recovery evolution festival at Fritton Lake. Junk Shop Poets, brothers Justin and John Peach.

Lake swims, meditation, art workshops and a programme of live music were enjoyed by more than 400 people who attended the first Recovery Evolution event.

The three-day festival also included key-note speeches by Simon Jenkins, founder of the Recovery Now organisation and author Ian Young.

Many of the recovering addicts brought along their families, pitching tents on the edge of the picturesque country park.

Organiser Dan Farnham, who lives nearby in St Olaves Road, Somerleyton, said: “This has been the first event of its kind and it is particularly good for the families who have been able to come together, share stories and feel part of it.”

Mr Farnham is a former high-flying sales director who lost everything after he developed a cocaine addiction.

He is now chief executive of East Coast Recovery, a business which offers residential rehabilitation from substance misuse in Lowestoft.

He said: “We have 47 beds in three large guesthouses; we have a 50-50 split between private and NHS patients.”

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