National Recovery Month Celebration features Dunkirk Recovery Walk Tuesday

The theme for 2017’s National Recovery Month is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities.”

Now in its 28th year, this September observance celebrates the achievements of the millions of Americans who have reclaimed their lives in long-term recovery from mental illness and/or substance use disorder and honors the treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible.

Chautauqua County organizations providing mental health and substance abuse services are celebrating with Recovery Walks, an opportunity to demonstrate support of the recovery community, including those who provide prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, a Recovery Walk will begin and end at the Salvation Army, 704 Central Ave. in Dunkirk. The walk will start at noon.

The Recovery Walk on Wednesday, Sept. 27, is along Jamestown’s Riverwalk. It will begin and end at the Mental Health Association in the Gateway Center at 31 Water St. The walk will start at noon.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Light refreshments will be served, and an information table with local resources will be available at both locations. Participants are encouraged to wear their tie-dye apparel.

A special feature will be the presentation of awards to individuals for their continued support of the Recovery Movement, their determination to help individuals and families that may be dealing with addiction, and bringing awareness to the concerns surrounding opioids.

In Dunkirk, awardees will be Vince Horrigan, County Executive; Mike Tramuta, REBT; Hon. Walter Drag, Dunkirk City Court judge; and LeeAnn Lazarony, Drug Court. In Jamestown, awards will be given to Horrigan, County Executive; Kim Carlson, A Fresh Start; Pastor Leecroft Clarke, Addiction Response Ministry; and UPMC Chautauqua WCA, Andy O’Brien.

Co-sponsoring the Walks are the Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council, Chautauqua County Mental Hygiene, Chautauqua Tapestry, Evergreen Health Services, HOPE Chautauqua, Mental Health Association in Chautauqua County, TLC Health Network, TRC, United Christian Advocacy Network, and UPMC Chautauqua WCA.

To learn more, call the Mental Health Association at 661-9044.