Shopping addicts and compulsive gamblers will be able to get help in Northampton thanks to a new church-run service launching next month.
The Central Vineyard Church, based at the Nene Enterprise Centre, in Freehold Street, has teamed up with charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) to run a new service for people with ‘dependencies’, such as drug and alcohol addiction.
But volunteers there will also be on hand to provide a counselling service to people with non-chemical addictions, such as shopping and gambling. Paul Veal, from Central Vineyard Church, said: “We know that many people would love to stop a habit that they know isn’t doing them any good, but it’s hard to know where to start.
“That might be smoking or it might be catalogue shopping or it might be internet gambling.
“There are many different temptations which once might have brought us comfort or were fun for a while, but have started to spoil our daily living.”
Mr Veal said the CAP Release Groups will be for anyone who knows it is “time to stop”. He added: “However, we know this is so hard to do on your own.”
The free CAP Release Group course is inspired by a 12-steps format, which takes the form of an open group discussion and lasts eight weeks.
David Nobbs, project developer for the CAP Release Groups across the UK, said that while some people might be intimidated by talking in groups, such meetings can help people overcome addictions.
He said: “It is for anyone who needs help and wants a new way to try to help themselves.”
Anyone wanting to find out more can attend an awareness evening at 7.30pm on Monday, February 9, at Nene Enterprise Centre.