Tuesday, 5 September 2017

The Living Room- a local addiction charity

Today we talked to three representatives from The Living Room, a Hertfordshire charity which helps people overcome addictions. This charity runs treatment centres in St Albans and Stevenage and provides free addiction treatment to adults with behavioural or substance addictions.  The Living Room is focused on breaking the cycle of addiction and is an abstinent space.  They encourage clients to look at the illness itself, and helps with issues with anything that may be considered addictive, not just substances.

We talked to Rochelle, who works specifically with eating disorders.  She is based in Stevenage and runs the disordered eating group, which meets on a Tuesday.  She said the support clients give each other is one of the most important reasons for group therapy, and makes the clients feel more comfortable when otherwise they might feel isolated.

The Living RoomWe also spoke to "Jo", a former client, who struggled with an eating disorder.  She said she found the living room via friends online and on the first morning was admitted to a group session straight after a consultation.  She said the atmosphere was one of acceptance and the treatment was open ended, and most importantly free.

The Living Room will be holding an open day on the 14th September from 1:30 to 4:30.  Anyone can drop in and talk to former clients about
Useful links:
The Living Room's website
Address:
the back of 156 Hatfield Road, St Albans

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