Recovery champions Russell Brand And John Taylor Support Choices Rehabs And Alcohol Awareness

Celebrities including Russell Brand and John Taylor from Duran Duran have spoken out in several short films about how treatment helped them with their alcohol addiction. The films have been launched by the Choices Rehabs group, as part of Alcohol Awareness week.

Alcohol Awareness Week takes place between 16 and 22 November. It is a chance for the UK to look more closely at its drinking and this year the theme is ‘Alcohol and mental health’.

Choices Rehabs is a group of fifteen independent UK addiction treatment centres who have come together to offer clients – both private and public – the widest range of treatment options and proven outcomes.

Choices Rehabs members collectively offer over 500 years of experience in treating addiction.

Around 1 in 4 people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year and drinking too much or too often can increase our risk. But many of us are unaware of the link between alcohol and poor mental health and it’s often the first thing we turn to when we’re feeling low, stressed, worried or unable to cope.

Yet drinking too much or too often can mask or enhance underlying mental health problems – such as anxiety and depression – and prevent them from being properly addressed.

Russell Brand explains in his film how treatment can be a vital aspect to help anyone addicted to alcohol on the road to recovery. The treatment that he received helped him recognise that it was possible to change and live a new life. The counselling he received and group therapy that he was a part of provided a foundation for him and due to the principles he learned and his ongoing programme around the 12 steps of recovery, he is over 17 years’ clean. He states: “I would, without question, recommend any ethical, affordable, treatment centre to anyone who is concerned about their alcohol and drug misuse.”

Musician John Taylor, well known as a founder member of Duran Duran, and also as a leading recovery champion, describes how his time in rehab, 25 years ago, changed everything.  He says: “I needed to get off the grid. I could not control my drug and alcohol consumption. Drugs are one thing but alcohol in our country is everywhere. I had 30 days in a rehab where it gave me some time to take a breath. I was introduced to the idea of myself as a sober man and what that might mean for my future. It also gave me a programme, a plan for how to be the best man I could be moving forward. I am all for demystifying sobriety. With a solid basis in rehabilitation and earnest plan to live honestly and soberly, great things can happen for you.”

Dr.h.c. Jenny Molloy, author, advisor, trainer and care leaver, best known for her book, Hackney Child – a true story based on her childhood living with parents who were both alcoholics and as someone who has dealt with her own addiction, also put together a short film. She explains that the treatment she went through was incredible: “Going through rehab treatment was beautiful for me. I began to get to know myself and understand that I had worth – that I was someone who deserved a good life. My life started when I got into recovery. I am 12 years now and life is beautiful.”

Hannah Shead, Chair of the Choices Group and CEO of women’s recovery charity, Trevi, says: “We know that there has been a significant increase in problematic drinking in the UK during this pandemic, and as we enter a national lockdown for a second time, there will doubtlessly be people at home, right now, struggling with their alcohol use and not sure where to turn. The good news is, there is help out there. People sometimes think that residential treatment is only for the rich or famous, but that is not the case. I would encourage anyone worried about their alcohol use to take that first step and ask for help. Your recovery can start today”.

All Choices Rehabs pride themselves on being affordable, safe, and supportive surroundings in which to get well, dedicated to abstinent recovery and working to a public service ethos. All members are registered with and inspected by the Care Quality Commission and part of the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS).

Collectively, Choices Rehabs can offer a wide range of treatment methods, durations, and locations to a variety of client groups.

Most of Choices members are not-for-profit organisations with a charitable status, putting client welfare at the centre of all operations and have signed up to the Choices Rehabs Charter of Ethical Conduct.

To watch the films and find out more about quality and ethical rehab treatment on offer in the UK, visit:

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