17:32 Tuesday 22 January 2013

Radio station launch marks a new beginning

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

21/01/13 Radio Launch - Langan's Tea Room, George Street, BurtonRecovered addicts from the Burton Addiction Centre a launching a radio station. .Martin Williams, Amy Stretton, Lee Windley, Paul Wilton 21/01/13 Radio Launch - Langan's Tea Room, George Street, BurtonRecovered addicts from the Burton Addiction Centre a launching a radio station. .Martin Williams, Amy Stretton, Lee Windley, Paul Wilton

A BORN-AGAIN former drug addict is marking the two-year ‘transformation’ of her life with the launch of a radio station.

Twenty-three-year-old Amy Stretton has made significant progress since turning to the Burton Addiction Centre (BAC) for support two years ago.

From reaching the point where she weighed just seven stone and was shunned by her family, Miss Stretton admits she was at a low ebb before turning to the centre for help.

Now, just two years on, Miss Stretton, of Station Street, admits she is unrecognisable from the person she used to be, and she is spearheading the launch of the service’s radio station, RIOT Radio, which goes on the air end of the month and will be run from the Langan’s Tea Rooms in George Street.

Miss Stretton has now become part of the BAC’s service users’ group, which allows former patients to offer advice to other addicts, and says she finds it hard to believe how far she has progressed in such a short space of time, putting her progress down to the Station Street-based service.

She said: “They have been through it. When you’ve got a recovering addict sitting opposite you it helps you to believe that you can do it. They’ve heard all the excuses, because they’ve said them. They’ve had that experience, so they can relate to it. If they can do it, why can’t you?”

“It’s been a massive transformation. Nobody wanted anything to do with me. I was killing myself. I was seven stone; I wasn’t in a good place.”

But much happier times appear to be on the horizon for Miss Stretton, beginning with the radio station.

Miss Stretton added: “Music is really powerful and is a good way to reach people. It’s going to be streamed online, but in the future who knows.”

For Miss Stretton being tasked with running a radio station represents a huge step forward for her.

She added: “It has definitely changed my life. I’m a radio station manager – I never thought I’d be able to say that.”

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