Dan Carden, Labour MP for Liverpool, Walton, hosted the event. To hear him give a speech, and to have the opportunity to talk to him afterwards was inspiring. If you have not listened to the speech that he made during a Parliamentary debate then I urge you to do so. He is in his third year of recovery and he speaks honestly and openly about his alcohol addiction and recovery in the community.
The presentation consisted of a couple of AA members sharing their stories of experience, strength and hope and speeches from Dr Sarah Flowers, Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist and long-time friend of Kennedy Street; and some stark statistics from Jason Mahoney, the Health and Wellbeing Lead, Office for Health Improvement Disparities, South East Region. He discussed that since the pandemic, alcohol has the highest death rate above heart disease or cancer. Alcoholism rates are rising and continue to do so. The rates are even higher in deprived areas.
All of this reminded us of the importance of what we do at Kennedy Street Recovery and why we do what we do. VISIBILITY is the key, shouting from the rooftops that recovery is possible and that we are here, to signpost and support anyone wanting a life in Recovery.
For me personally, it was a day that made me proud of my own recovery, how we must continue to spread the word of recovery, signposting and helping others and that you never know who is going to be listening to what we have to say.
This episode of the Kennedy Street Recovery Podcast is all about our visit to the AA presentation at the Houses of Parliament hosted by Dan Carden MP.