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    (9/12/2007) September 15th Gathering Recognizes the Private Victories of Individuals in Recovery

    NEW HAVEN- The Commission on Substance Abuse Policy and Prevention will host their second annual city-wide event in recognition of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. The event will take place on the New Haven Green and is expected to draw individuals recovering from addictions and their families as well as community leaders and faith groups to speak about hope, healing and recovery from drug and alcohol dependencies. This year’s theme, “A Community of Hope and Healing Celebrating Sobriety,” reminds residents that there are a number of support systems and programs available to them if they or their loved ones are dealing with issues of addiction.

    “We want families to join us on the New Haven Green this Saturday to help inspire hope, healing and effective community partnerships to make a positive difference through the promotion of recovery and unity throughout our City,” said Alderman Sergio Rodriguez, (D-26), Commission Chair. “Drugs and alcohol tear families apart and permanently scar children. We need to work together to help to end these cycles and make sure that individuals struggling with addiction know that they can get out and there is help here for them.”

    This grassroots event is open to the entire family and will run from 12:30 p.m. until 5p.m.on Saturday, September 15th. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and snacks to enjoy throughout the day.

    “We’re proud to participate in National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month to demonstrate that the cycle of addiction can be broken. With hope and support, recovery is possible; many individuals attending on Saturday are living proof of this,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “Last year’s event was a success. We expect to make even more of an impact in this second year of this celebration of recovery and healing. It’s important that we continue to work with our community partners, faith-based groups and neighbors to confront this issue.”

    Treatment providers, self help groups and churches have committed to attending to provide information to participants about programs and services available to them. For more information about this event, please contact Esther Armmand at 203-946-8445.


    Contact Name: Jessica Mayorga

    Contact Email: jmayorga@newhavenct.net

    Contact Phone: 203-946-7660

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