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!