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Cocaine Anonymous to help people with addiction in Moray and Inverness

Are you struggling with addiction? A new group in Moray and Inverness are here to help
Are you struggling with addiction? A new group in Moray and Inverness are here to help

People tackling addiction in Inverness and Moray can now attend Cocaine Anonymous support groups to help them on their recovery journey.

The free initiative is open to anyone with a drug or alcohol addiction, with weekly meetings in Elgin and Inverness.

Though the title suggests it’s solely targeted at cocaine users, it isn’t drug specific and is also open to people struggling with alcohol issues.

Meetings have been taking place elsewhere in Scotland, at the end of last year they started up in Shetland.

Barry’s story: ‘I’m among people like me’

Barry, 26, who asked to remain anonymous in line with the organisation’s traditions, has been a member of Cocaine Anonymous’ 12 step fellowship for four years and is helping raise awareness of the new meetings.

After years of drug and alcohol addiction, he believes meeting with others in similar situations led to his recovery.

He said: “I’d heard about CA through somebody who had attended themselves and suggested I gave it a try.

“I’d been struggling with drug addiction for a number of years.

“It was a wee while before I eventually did go, but when I did, within the first few meetings I attended I felt welcomed and among people who were like me.

“I found it very easy to identify with what I was hearing people talk about in the meetings.”

Cocaine Anonymous logo
Cocaine Anonymous logo

How Cocaine Anonymous helped

Through his attendance and gaining a sponsor, Barry was eventually able to recognise the behavioural patterns that had kept him returning to substances.

“When I arrived, I was confused at why I kept ending up in the situations I ended up in due to drink and drugs and why I ended up always going back to them,” he said.

“My head always told me that I could use safely if I used a different substance or quantity it would be ‘all right this time.’

“I had that continual obsessive thought – ‘I’m going to control it this time’ – and every time I would use more than I set out to.

“When I sat down with my sponsor and we went through that part, I very quickly identified what my experience had been.

“I heard people with similar experiences who had been clean and sober for varying periods, some of them considerably longer who achieved it through the 12 step process.

“Getting the hope through that, I went through the 12 step process myself and see if it could work for me, I’m thankful to say that it has and continues to on a daily basis.”

The Inverness meetings of Cocaine Anonymous take place every Monday at Merkinch Community Centre from 7.30-9pm.

People in Moray can attend at The Bow Community Cafe, Elgin, from 7-8pm on Wednesdays.

Contact Cocaine Anonymous’ helpline by phoning 0141 959 6363

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