Hundreds of people are celebrating their journey towards a healthier and more positive lifestyle as part of Scotland’s first ever national Recovery Walk.

Marchers will cross the iconic Forth Road Bridge near Edinburgh, including a healthy turnout from Turning Point Scotland’s services.

Most of the people taking part have close personal experience of substance misuse either themselves or through loved ones.

Addiction is a traumatic experience so this day out is a great way to show the determination and effort so many people put in to making positive changes to their lives and proving recovery is possible.

A 45-seater bus provided by First Bus will take people in recovery, staff and family members from Turning Point Scotland, 3RT, Transition and  NHS Lothian to the start.

Service manager at Turning Point Scotland’s Edinburgh services, Carmen McShane said:

“It’s great Turning Point Scotland is so well represented and I’m sure everyone will have a great time. We’re so proud to see so many familiar faces taking part.

We would like to thank First Bus who very generously have organised the transport to make sure everyone will get to the event in time from their base in Leith. Without transport a lot of service users would have struggled financially to make the trip.

We have had lots of interest and I’m sure we’ll have even more people wanting to take part next year.”

Recovery Walk 2013 is a national event event for the whole recovery community which meant that people in recovery, their families, children and friends can all take part together to celebrate their own personal stories and experience and hopefully inspire others that recovery from addiction is possible. It is organised by the Scottish Recovery Consortium, a small independent charity funded by the Scottish Government to support the implementation of national drug strategy, ‘The Road to Recovery’.