Recovery awareness and recovery support services are extremely important to encourage healing from addiction. Serenity House of Flint, a recovery community organization (RCO), annually hosts the Flint Recovery Walk & Rally to celebrate the reality of recovery and communicate the need for services and support to make recovery a top priority so those with addiction can recover and contribute meaningfully to our community. It is estimated from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health that in 2010 close to 21 million who needed addiction recovery help at a substance abuse facility were not able to receive it. It is also estimated that 23 million Americans are living in long-term recovery.
Participants include people in recovery from addiction to alcohol and drugs, as well as their families, friends, addiction-treatment professionals, elected officials and other allies as part of National Recovery Month. Our attendance is about 150 people per event. We reach more through marketing and advertising the event.
Arts and music are excellent healing modalities when it comes to addiction recovery. The Flint Recovery Arts & Music show is an awareness event with the intent to bring attention to arts and music and holistic modalities for addiction recovery. According to UNITE to Face Addiction coordinator Greg Williams, 83 million Americans are touched directly or indirectly by addiction. Events like this are necessary to eradicate the stigma of addiction and recovery and to act as an outreach platform for those who are still suffering from addiction.
So far we have served about 100 people during each event and reach even more through news outlets and marketing endeavors.
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