DJ Lee Butler is placing on a sober rave this month for clubbers going via restoration from drink or medicine habit and the family and friends supporting them.
Freedom To Social gathering will embody reside music and home music from DJs alongside talks from visitor audio system geared toward inspiring individuals of their battle in opposition to habit.
There’ll be a strict no drink or medicine coverage, with a very dry bar, and Lee says he hopes it’ll be an opportunity to ship out the message that being in restoration doesn’t imply not going out or having an incredible evening.
“Although it’s a sober evening out, for some individuals – it doesn’t matter what stage of restoration they’re at – it could possibly nonetheless be actually formidable to be in that atmosphere of home music and rave music now they’re actively not ingesting or taking medicine,” he explains.
“I used to be cautious of individuals going there after which feeling actually uncomfortable so I wished to ensure it nonetheless had a restoration component.
“I need the message to come back via usually in the course of the evening of why we’re doing it and the way wonderful it’s. To remind individuals how they’ve turned issues round and the way dangerous life was in comparison with now.
“That means it doesn’t simply really feel like a full-on reminiscence for his or her habit to make use of in opposition to them by going, ‘I keep in mind you being on this atmosphere and taking drink and medicines’.
“And it’s not only for individuals in restoration, it’s for people who find themselves supporting them of their restoration to come back and spend an evening not ingesting or taking medicine with them, and see that you simply don’t have to do this.
“My habit tried to persuade me that if I finished ingesting and taking medicine, I’d be boring however really I’m extra enjoyable and extra sociable now than I ever was. I used to be a multitude earlier than.”
That is the second sober rave Lee’s organised – the earlier one was at The Brink in Parr Avenue which has now closed.
However it’s the primary since he launched the Break Free restoration programme, which helps individuals to take management of their addictions and get their life again.
“Your habit is telling you there are all these items you may’t do any extra, like go clubbing or go to the match. My habit had reminiscences of me ingesting and utilizing in all places – at funerals, weddings, at residence, on the pub, in all places, and that’s the identical with most individuals.
“And if you happen to try to keep away from these locations for the remainder of your life, then you definately’ve bought no life.
“One of many huge issues to know is that what you need and what your habit desires are two various things. My habit developed from 1989 and initially I cherished taking medicine, however that use grew to become abuse and that abuse grew to become an habit which was very painful and was taking all of the issues I really like away from me.
“To get that new life you’ve bought to start out dwelling your life once more, and be the one who makes the choices. Don’t let the habit make them for you.”
You’ll find out extra about Break Free on the Instagram web page here.
Lee and his two co-founders began the Break Free programme 9 months in the past after sharing his personal restoration.
“I’ve been public about that for about 4 years and it bought so overwhelming with the quantity of individuals reaching out that I couldn’t personally assist everybody. I had the selection of stopping being vocal or passionate, or I needed to construct one thing that would accommodate everybody.
“We’ve bought 90 individuals with us now and we’ve got two group conferences every week, a stroll and speak on a Saturday morning in Croxteth Park, a health club session on a Monday evening, and a 24-hour What’s App group if anybody’s struggling.
“Folks will be scared to achieve out to different teams or their physician as a result of they’re fearful they’ll have their youngsters taken away from them or they’ll lose their job, however they’ve grown up with me, they’ve heard me on the radio, I’m considered one of them.
“They’ll inbox me and say they’re having a extremely laborious time, they will’t cease taking medicine, ingesting each weekend, their accomplice’s kicked them out, these are the frequent issues. I be in contact with tons of every single day, speaking it via with them and getting them to make a protected plan.”
Lee says he hopes occasions like Freedom To Social gathering present individuals how good life after habit will be.
“One of many issues I’m so keen about is giving individuals hope as a result of that’s the factor that addicts don’t have. They’re so down and satisfied that they’re on this hamster wheel however they will’t cease. I’m dwelling proof that all the things their habit says to them isn’t true, in my actions and in my life.
“When you attain out for assist and the rewards begin coming, you don’t need to lose them. 4 and a half years on I by no means hear from my habit anymore. I’ve modified, I learnt, I’ve constructed a brand new life and there’s nothing a drink or medicine might provide me that will persuade me handy all that again.”
Freedom to Social gathering sober rave is at District within the Baltic Triangle on Friday January 28, 8pm to 1am. You can book tickets here.
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