Communities raise awareness about alcohol/drug recovery

From a news release:

To help raise awareness about the importance of recovery, Gov. John Hoeven has proclaimed September as Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in North Dakota. 

“Recovery has positively transformed the lives of thousands of individuals and families in North Dakota,” said JoAnne Hoesel, director of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Division of the state Department of Human Services.  “We need to recognize these individual successes and educate others about options available.” 

Several communities in North Dakota are spearheading recovery events to honor individuals living healthy and productive lives in long-term recovery, individuals in treatment, as well as those who provide recovery services. 

The Region VII Safe and Drug Free Communities Coalition will host a recovery walk at 6 p.m. CT Tuesday at the state Capitol mall in Bismarck.  The event will feature speakers, followed by a walk down Fifth Street to the Best Western Ramkota Hotel where there will be live music and pizza. 

Along the trek, walkers will carry signs with names of loved ones who benefited from treatment and sobriety. 

The North Dakota Addiction Counselors Association will host a recovery walk at 6 p.m. CT Sept. 15 at the Jamestown Reservoir.  The gathering will include a picnic, guest speakers and entertainment.