A recovering drug and alcohol addict has completed a turnaround to open Birmingham’s first dry bar.
A pub that it is completely free of alcohol, forms part of Recovery Central, founded by Steve Dixon, who has beaten a 15-year addiction with alcohol and drugs to establish city charity Changes UK.
Steve says that Birmingham has long been overdue a dry bar, following the success of Redemption in London, Sobar in Nottingham and Brink in Liverpool.
Funded by Public Health England, the 50,000 sq ft centre in Digbeth will also house social enterprises started by people who have been supported by the charity – a gardening business, a building company, a state-of-the-art recording studio and a recovery radio station.
The organisation’s own 31-strong team will be based there too.
He says that Changes UK boasts a record of 78 per cent of clients staying clean and building new lives, compared to a national average of just eight per cent.