Young Addaction Lancashire has released a short film to coincide with their ’50 miles for our 50th’ walk. The film features a young service user, Chantelle, and her recovery through Addaction.
Chantelle first came into service in 2013 aged 18, after being referred in via the homeless centre featured in the film. She was referred back in October 2015 when after she started using cocaine, cannabis and alcohol heavily and was in an abusive relationship.
Chantelle had no support network outside of the service: she went into a residential rehabilitation centre for six months, during which time she realised that she couldn’t return to where she had previously lived and gained a two year placement with the Amy Winehouse Foundation to move to London upon discharge.
Chantelle wanted to tell her story to inspire other young people to access support and break down the perception that residential rehabilitation is for adults with heroin, crack cocaine or alcohol problems. It was collaboratively decided that Artz Centre would make the film, as they are based where Chantelle had lived and they work with young people. The film was not scripted in any way, so it took Artz Centre a few months to edit the hours of footage.