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2013 Worcester Cares about Recovery

5th Annual Worcester Cares about Recovery Wallk and Celebration  (5442)

09/14/2013 11:00 AM - 09/14/2013 4:00 PM

Walk and Celebration

Location: YMCA Park, Murry Avenue, Worcester, MA 01610

Murry Avenue
Worcester, MA 01610
United States

Sponsoring Organizations: Worcester Department of Public Health and Everyday Miracles Peer Recovery Support Center

Type of Event: Celebration

Targeted participants for this year's event: 700

Primary Contact:
25 Pleasant Street

Worcester, MA  01609

United States

Date of Post: 9/6/2013

News/Media Name: Telegram & Gazette - Telegram Towns

Press Copy: Friday, September 6, 2013 Everyday Miracles to hold Recovery Walk Sept. 14 WORCESTER — For people who have confronted their addictions and come out victorious, there is a certain kind of pride that comes with sharing their story. Athena Haddon, who is
not only the program director for Everyday Miracles Peer Recovery Center on Pleasant Street but who is also in recovery herself, said the goal in much of what the nonprofit organization does is to help the people who walk through their doors to do so with
their head held high. At 11 a.m. Sept. 14, nearly 1,000 recovering addicts and the people who love them will walk with that newfound sense of pride during the fifth annual Worcester Cares about Recovery Walk at the YMCA Fuller Family Park on Murray Avenue.
The walk welcomes people who are in recovery, know someone who is in recovery, support recovery or know someone who needs to learn about recovery. The event will feature a free barbecue luncheon, live entertainment, kids activities and information on substance
abuse prevention, treatment and recovery. September is National Recovery Month, and the walk is just one more way the staff at Everyday Miracles, together with various sponsors and support from the local business and social services community, celebrate the
people who share their strength and compassion each day at the peer center. "The model we are using nowadays is to put a face on recovery and to empower people to share what they have been through," said Ms. Haddon. "We are striving to remove the stigma —
why are we still living in shame?" The model is a complete deviation from what has been the norm for decades: meeting in church basements as anonymous participants, locked away from society. The more than 100 people who walk through the doors each day at Everyday
Miracles have been encouraged to take pride in their status and be active change-makers in the way people think about them. "We are always telling them their voices are valuable, that they can make a difference in peoples' notion of what it means to battle
addiction," said Ms. Haddon. Part of her plight is to get people to release the notion that once someone has been an addict or alcoholic, they are always an addict or alcoholic. "People in recovery have a lot of barriers once when they are trying to get back
on their feet," said Ms. Haddon. From getting hired despite what may be an unsavory criminal record, to finding a place to live, the chips are often stacked against them right out of the gate. For this reason, recovery centers like Everyday Miracles have been
established across Massachusetts to help provide social and emotional support to people in recovery while providing them with a safe place to network and share resources. One line of thinking that supports recovery centers is that in peer groups and with social
support, people make much better decisions than they do on their own. Several other events to acknowledge and celebrate the 23 million people nationwide living in recovery are planned for September, including some local events. On Sept. 19 at 6 p.m., The Hanover
Theatre for the Performing Arts on Southbridge Street will host a free showing of "The Anonymous People," a feature documentary created as part of the transformation in how drug and alcohol problems are dealt with in society. For more information, visit

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