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Aberdeen Recovery Star Awards 2016- an inspiring celebration of recovery!

Aberdeen's Recovery Star Awards took place at the Citadel on Friday 25th November 2016.

The event, set up to celebrate the recovery achievements of people, families and supporters of people who have had problems with alcohol and drugs in Aberdeen, was an overwhelming success. 132 individuals received awards for achieving personal milestones or for their role in supporting others. 25 staff members received special recognition awards for their role in helping people in their recovery journeys.

"Winning this award means so much to me, I've never won anything before"

"It's just amazing to win this award, better than I've felt in a long time. It's never too late to change. No one should be afraid to ask for help"

The ceremony was hosted by ADA and heard from guest speaker Neil Simpson, Head of AFC Youth Academy. Music was performed by recovery music group, the ADA All Stars. Presenters included: Councillor Jenny Laing, Lord Provost George Adam, Alan Gray NHS Grampian, Karen Gunn NHS Grampian, Kate Stephen Police Scotland, Ally Prockter AFC Community Trust, Judith Proctor Aberdeen Health & Social Care Partnerhsip, Ken Milroy Aberdeen Foyer, Dr Karen Strickland RGU, Councillor David Cameron and Amanda Bisset Community Pharmacy

"It takes mental strength, determination and bravery. Those are the traits you need in your recovery. You should value yourself as everyone in here values you" Neil Simpson

This year saw a 94% increase in the number of nominations with some people nominated multiple times, a clear indication of the positive progress many people are making in their recovery and in the growing recovery network which exists in Aberdeen. ADA is thankful for the strong partnerships developed between people, families, services, peer led support and the wider community, who all contributed to the Recovery Star Awards 2016 and who play an important role in supporting local people in their recovery from alcohol and drugs on a daily basis.

"I am regaining my confidence and self esteem, the dark places I have been in the past will hopefully remain in the past. With the continued support from my new found friends I am managing my recovery and starting a brighter future" 

Congratulations to all the worthy winners


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We are now operating open access drop-in services in South and Central Aberdeenshire for anyone concerned about their own or a loved ones use of alcohol or drugs.

We have open access hubs operating in Stonehaven, Inverurie, Banchory & Huntly, and plan to add more locations as required. In addition we can provide support to outlying communities for people who are unable to travel to a hub. For more details and access times please go here.


New Psychoactive Substances Act 2016

This act applies across the UK and came into force on 26th May 2016.

The act makes it an offence to produce, supply, offer to supply, possess on custodial premises (e.g. Prison), import or export psychoactive substances; that is any substance intended for human consumption that is capable of producing a psychoactive effect. Personal possession will not be an offence under the act (except in ‘custodial settings’), but the Police will continue to confiscate any unknown powder and this may mean being taken to a Police station whilst enquiries are made.

The act excludes a number of what are described as ‘legitimate substances’ and some medical products as well as controlled drugs, which will continued to be regulated under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. The act also contains provision to exempt healthcare activities and approved scientific research.

For a full list of all these and more information on the act please visit

Also read "Legal Highs? Not as legal as you thought" regarding the recent law changes.

Stopping using some NPS suddenly can cause individuals to enter a withdrawal state which could be dangerous to their health. If you are considering stopping please seek medical advice. Support, advice and information on NPS and other substances is available from ADA through our 7 day Helpline on 01224 594700



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