Signs of encouragement, support and remembrance lined the Cartier Park pathway Saturday as members of the community walked in solidarity to those who are taking steps to reclaim their lives after struggling with addition.
The occasion was the first Walk for Recovery Awareness, hosted by the Connexion Point recovery center — an event held in commemoration of Recovery Awareness Month, which got underway Sept. 1.
Volunteers and Connexion Point employees in shirts printed with the words “addiction has no address” greeted individuals and families in the early afternoon, directing them through a trail of faces and stories familiar to many. Stories of hope and perseverance, but also of tragedy and loss. Stories of addiction and recovery.
“This was really about raising an awareness,” said Abbie Vida, Connexion Point communications coordinator.
Vida felt the Walk for Recovery Awareness was a success, and with about 70 people attending, she said it’s likely to become an annual tradition.
Participants included friends and family members of people both in recovery and people who ultimately lost their lives to addiction.
Kelly Jason is one of the former, with years of sobriety after a nearly decade-long struggle with heroin addiction.
Jason said she was heartened by the turnout.
“The walk went extremely well, and we had a lot of supporters show up,” Jason said. “It was nice to see all the support from people in the community and all the signs (along the trail).”
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