We must be united in the war against addiction! My mission is to unite organizations,support groups, and everyone else who needs a helping hand. I am here to educate equip and develop a Recovery resource Network. My hope is that everyone gets the help they need and no one is left behind or alone in their fight for freedom from addiction. Join me and lets fight the good fight! Our Philosophy: Instigate, Agitate, Educate, and Liberate!
The theme for Recovery Month 2015 is Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable!, which highlights the value of peer support in educating, mentoring, and helping others. The theme also invites individuals in recovery and their support systems to be catalysts and active change agents in communities, and in civic and advocacy engagements. It encourages individuals to start conversations about the prevention, treatment, and recovery of behavioral health conditions at earlier stages of life. (www.recoverymonth.gov)
As a 24-year-old with about 60 days drug-free and in the very infancy of my recovery journey, I looked around and studied the crowd gathering at Memorial Hall in Philly's Fairmount Park.
To go on to walk side by side people just like me gave me unimaginable hope. It gave me hope that this thing called recovery works. It gave me hope that I could live the rest of my life without using alcohol and other drugs because these people were doing it. It gave me hope that I was not alone. Ultimately, this hope changed my life.
This year, my 10th year of long-term sustained recovery, I will be walking with the Honor Guard in the PRO-ACT Recovery Walks! for the first time. I will be walking evidence that long-term recovery is possible. I will be graced with experiencing what it is like to be part of the group leading over 23,000 people through the streets of Philadelphia as we aim to reduce stigma, end discrimination, increase awareness and expand access to prevention, treatment and recovery support services.
Learn more about Recovery Walks!, register, start a team and begin fundraising today by visiting www.recoverywalks.org
Be a Part of the Solution!
Over 650 people died in Philadelphia last year of drug intoxication, approximately 200 more than the year before, and 350 people die across America each day as a result of overdose and other complications from substance use disorder which is a treatable illness. We cannot afford to allow this to continue. While this is a complicated problem, helping individuals and families access and sustain long-term recovery is a solution.
On Saturday, September 19th, Philadelphia will host the 14th annual PRO-ACT Recovery Walks! 2015. Everyone knows an individual or family affected by a substance use disorder. I urge you to engage your community and to join this awareness campaign. Participation in the walk takes courage. Recovery takes courage.
Be a part of the solution!
Call your elected officials and ask them to show their support for recovery by participating in Recovery Walks! 2015 on September 19th. Below is an example of what you can say:
Hello, I am __________.
There is no stronger signal to the recovery community than when our elected officials support Recovery Walks! It shows you are willing to stand with them and fight to end the stigma and disgrace associated with substance use disorder. This is a public health crisis. You can be a part of the solution.
Everyone knows someone in recovery. September 19th is the day to walk with them.
You can go to www.recoverywalks.org to register as a walker, start a team, or to support an individual or team. We hope you will join us to support recovery and end stigma!
One Veteran Helps Another
The Council received this letter from someone expressing gratitude for the assistance Steve Calderbank provided after he referred his friend to us.
"Thank you for helping "John" with his DD214 request. Both he and I are grateful to you for what you did for him and all you continue to do for your fellow veterans. When "John" first called me recently, he sounded very discouraged. Your intervention made it possible for him to have access to services he earned in the military. He thought his dependence on alcohol in the service which created grounds for his discharge classification would imperil any chance whatsoever for him to get his DD214. Instead, thanks to you, he is a happy veteran and he has you to thank for it, which he has done. He thanked me too when All I did was refer him to you and you did the important part. I really feel satisfied when a veteran's story turns out this well. Unfortunately, some don't in my experience but this one did and I thank you, too!!!!"
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