Oct. 14, 2022 – “I had tried every avenue to get clean and then I started learning about my addiction, educating myself about why I was relapsing. Every time there was a trauma or something happened in my life, I would pick substances back up so it was educating myself that really worked for me.”

She explained that there is a barrier to seeking help for many women affected by addiction or domestic violence.

“Often women have a fear of social work getting involved and that can be a big barrier for women getting into recovery and seeking help for issues they face in the home. It’s absolutely terrifying, especially if there are children involved.

“It’s all relatively new and the place is buzzing. It is such a great way for women to break away from domestic abuse or to be empowered to make changes for themselves.”

Saoirse is a women’s group that is jointly run by the Women’s Aid South Lanarkshire and East Renfrewshire alongside counselling organisation Liber8, based in the Blantyre Beacons. 


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