Community Celebrates Hope & Recovery in September
On Wednesday, September 20, the community comes together to share a message of hope that people can and do recover from addiction to drugs and alcohol.
The third annual Celebration of Hope & Recovery is hosted and sponsored by C.A.R.E.S. and the Wayne County Drug & Alcohol Commission (WCDAC) at The Ritz Theater in Hawley at 6 pm as part of National Recovery Month.
C.A.R.E.S. co-founder and Certified Recovery Specialist at WCDAC, Jim Simpson, says, "The night will be informative, inspiring, and helpful to anyone who is interested in learning more about addiction and recovery."
"This is a night for us to give hope to the community, and to those who are still suffering from this disease, as well as to their loved ones," he said. "All are welcome."
The event is FREE, open to the public and will feature speakers who are in recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction. There will also be information tables from WCDAC, PA Treatment & Healing (PATH), Wayne County Heroin Prevention Task Force, Wayne County Victim's Intervention Program (VIP), among others.
Recovery Month, now in its 25th year, highlights individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are living happy and healthy in long-term recovery. It also honors the prevention, treatment, and recovery service providers who make recovery possible, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible, encouraging citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.
The observance's main focus is to laud the gains made by those in recovery and to spread the positive message that recovery from addiction is essential to overall health. Prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.