A former pub in Dromore, Co Down has been transformed into a musical ‘Recovery Cafe’ where people can beat addictions and turn their lives around. The concept came to songwriter and composer Sheila Smyth when she was providing music therapy at a rehabilitation centre for alcoholics in Newry two years ago. Sheila Smyth and Dermot pictured at the launch of The Recovery Cafe for recovering alcoholics and addicts in Dromore As chief executive of the Right Key social enterprise, she has also begun a pilot using music for healing within the criminal justice system. Some 100 people attended the former pub yesterday in order to hear members of her Voice of Recovery choir sing rock, folk and traditional hymns. Some members read touching poetry. One woman told how the love of her life had betrayed her and she found a friend and courage in alcohol. Another man, who described himself as “the Karaoke King”, used alcohol as a mask and lost everything he held dear. But his friends now see that he has “become the person he was meant to be” thanks to the cafe, he said. “The idea for the project,” Sheila said, “is to bridge the gap between people coming out of a rehab centre where they have been in control for three months, but then coming home to an empty flat with maybe three months of bills waiting for them. The first thing you want to do is drink. There is a gap and the recovery cafe is where everyone can find support.” The event was attended by representatives of the Arts Council, Addiction NI, Invest NI, clergy and academics.
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