A wave of purple t-shirts was seen peddling around Derwent Dam to show recovery at its finest. Some cyclist had 5+years of recovery behind them, others were the newbies with only a few weeks, but all were there to Ride for Recovery.
The bike ride has become one of the main highlights of Sheffield’s celebration of National Recovery Month. SASS, Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield DACT, along with other recovery partners, organised the event to help spread the message that help is available, whilst also celebrating the people who recover.
Dr Jamie Irving, senior lecturer in criminology at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “National Recovery Month provides the platform for recovering communities to get together and share their personal experiences, all within a safe space and focused on lots of really interesting events. We work very closely with the region’s key stakeholders involved in drug and alcohol recovery through our applied research and training, so it’s fantastic to be involved with the Ride for Recovery to help raise awareness of substance use disorders. Events like these help reduce stigma by showing the public that people can and do recover from addiction.”
Tracy Ford, lead community officer at Sheffield DACT, said: “Our thanks again to Professor Best and colleagues at Sheffield Hallam University for funding the bike hire and giving the opportunity to over 100 people from the local recovery community to come together and celebrate being in recovery from addiction. Promoting healthy lifestyles, such as exercise, is a key step on the recovery journey.”