Stoke-on-Trent resident seeking help for drug and alcohol dependencies are taking part in fitness sessions as part of their recovery process.
The sessions are being provided by staff at Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s leisure centre Dimensions, in partnership with Stoke Recovery Service (SRS).
March is ‘Focus on Fitness’ month and service users can take part in a one-hour circuit training session each week at the Burlsem leisure centre.
The sessions are designed to help users improve their health and well-being as they continue on their recovery path and the programme compliments others offered by SRS.
The sessions are now into their third week, and regular attendees have already been quick to praise the scheme and how they've made them feel.
Phil Slack is from SRS and helps run the training. He said: "It's just a way of getting people introduced to fitness, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
"For me the old saying - 'healthy body; healthy mind' - rings true, and it's also about team building and bonding.
"When I see people gaining something positive out of doing something positive, then that makes my job all worthwhile."
Stoke Recovery Service is part of the Stoke-on-Trent Community Drug & Alcohol Service (CDAS) and is commissioned by Stoke-on-Trent City Council to provide in-depth support to local people who are in abstinent recovery from alcohol and drugs.
It aims to help service users rebuild their lives and relationships with families and communities.