Former Hollyoaks actor to open Norwich festival celebrating those who have recovered from drug and alcohol misuse

Actor Paul Danan, who will open the Discover Recovery festival.

Actor Paul Danan, who will open the Discover Recovery festival. - Credit: Archant © 2013

A festival which aims to inspire people to recover from substance misuse by celebrating those who turned their backs on drugs and alcohol is to be held in Norwich.

The Discover Recovery Festival 2013, organised by the Norfolk Drug and Alcohol Partnership (N-DAP) is being held on Sunday at The Forum in Norwich.

It will show how people can turn around their lives after drug and alcohol problems and highlight groups which can help with recovery.

There will be the chance to attend drop in meetings with Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and the SMART Recovery Group.

There will also be a launch of a new book and film commissioned by N-DAP to celebrate recovery across Norfolk.


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Former Hollyoaks actor Paul Danan (pictured) will be opening and compering the event, which will run from 10am until 4pm.

There will be a wide variety of stalls and activities in the Atrium, along with meetings and drama activities in the Curve theatre and a stage on Millennium Plain which will host live bands, Zumba, Powerhoop and Tai Chi demonstrations.

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Harold Bodmer, director of Norfolk County Council community services and N-DAP chairman, said: 'I encourage as may people as possible to attend this very important event. It promises to be an insightful and informative day and hopefully lots of fun.

'Dependence on drugs and alcohol impacts on every level of our communities but recovery is achievable for most people and needs to be supported for people to be able to lead long and fulfilling lives free from drugs and alcohol.'

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