Posted Friday, July 27, 2012
Recovery is taking to the water.
Setting sail on a three-month journey in the coastal water of Britain, a sailing boat crewed by 100 recovering addicts is readied to push off Aug. 1 from Plymouth in the UK.
The Gaff Ketch Tectona will sail for three months as part of a treatment project designed to aid the recovery of those on board.
The program has been dubbed, “Voyage of Recovery,” and the crew—who are all in drug and alcohol treatment programs— was selected from Phoenix's community and residential treatment services in Wirral, Trafford, Barnsley, Sheffield, Derby, Birmingham, Hampshire, Glasgow and Tyneside.
“The voyage will be a life-changing opportunity for those people taking part,” Darren Long, an ex-Phoenix service user who came up with the voyage, tells This Is Plymouth. “I know it will also be a symbol of hope for people who are in a similar situation to the one I was in a few years ago. I'm now drug-free and working on the Tectona, helping others overcome their addiction problems.”
The watercraft is due back in Plymouth Oct. 24.
The participating group will be fundraising throughout the three-month voyage. For fundraising information, click here.
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