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Rally 4 Recovery  (5836)

09/21/2013 1:30 PM - 09/21/2013 8:30 PM

The Rally 4 Recovery is an annual festival organized by a coalition consisting of persons in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, their family members, friends and allies. It is a community building effort, seeking to strengthen the bonds
among people in recovery, their family members, friends and allies and increase the number of supports available to them in the community. The Rally also serves to foster a culture of recovery in Rhode Island, supporting the belief that everyone has a right
to, and is capable of, recovery of addiction to alcohol and other drugs. The Rally’s goal is to reduce the negative perceptions associated with addiction recovery. Fundamental to shifting these negative perceptions is the development of recovery friendly communities
in which persons wanting to maintain their recovery are provided with recovery supports. The road to recovery is historically filled with obstacles that hinder reintegration into society. We feel it is important that people who have chosen the recovery path
are able to obtain housing, employment and other necessities without prejudice. Our festival is family focused and child friendly.

Location: Roger Williams National Memorial 282 North Main Street & Canal Street Providence, RI

282 North Main Street
Providence, RI 02903
United States

Sponsoring Organizations: RI Cares, BHDDH, Anchor Recovery Community Center, Reckitt Benckiser,Optum, State of RI Hope, Seven Hills RI, Phoenix House, Alkermes, Walgreens, DiscoveryHouse, United Health Care, AdCare Hospital, CARE NE, Gateway Healthcare, Roger Williams Medical Center,
Home Depot, RIPTA

Type of Event: Celebration

Targeted participants for this year's event: 13,000

Primary Contact:
The Forman Center 202

Providence, RI  02908

United States


Date of Post: 8/31/2013

News/Media Name: Providence Journal

Press Copy: Road4Recovery Kicks Off in Providence, Aims to Help People Conquer Addiction By Lynn Arditi PROVIDENCE — More than 100 people including health-care providers, professionals who treat addiction and people recovering from alcohol and drug addictions gathered
Friday at Roger Williams Medical Center to mark the start of national “Recovery Month.” The event was the kickoff of the Rally4Recovery planned for Sept. 21, which its leaders say is aimed at overcoming the stigma of addiction and drawing public attention
to the need for more community support and services for people in recovery. When patients seek care for a respiratory illness or a broken bone, people tend to serve them with compassion, said Ken Belcher, chief executive officer of CharterCare Health Partners,
which operates Roger Williams Medical Center and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in North Providence. “But with people with addiction or behavioral health issues, oftentimes the patience and understanding isn’t there.” Jim Gillen, director of the Anchor Recovery
Community Center, said the public needs to recognize that “addiction is an illness, much like diabetes and heart disease and lymphoma.” And addiction need not be terminal. “Recovery is possible,” Gillen said. “Recovery is probable.” Gillen removed his hat
to expose his bald head. “I’m using the same tools that I used to get me through the early stages of recovery,” he said, “to get through recovery from lymphoma.” The crowd burst into applause. The organizers displayed a quilt with squares made by current and
former patients of Roger Williams Medical Center’s Addiction Medicine and Behavioral Health programs. The words stitched on the squares read: “God Grant me the serenity.” “Recovery is the Key.” “R.I.P. Ken & Gary.” Dennis DelPrete, who described himself as
in “long-term recovery,” said that a treatment program got the drugs out of his system but it didn’t teach him how to live in recovery. Once back on the street, he said, he was still the same frightened, insecure kid. “So I went back to what I knew.” Then,
he found help in a 12-step program. Dale K. Klatzker, president and chief executive officer of The Providence Center, a community behavioral health agency, said that only a small fraction of people who need alcohol or substance abuse treatment get it — and
those who do generally cycle in and out of treatment programs. “If it didn’t really change the first time,” Klatzker said, “why are we repeating it over and over again?” The problem, he said, is a lack of recovery services and support for people once they
exit treatment. “Treatment doesn’t work for most,” Klatzker said, “without recovery.” (The Providence Center created and operates The Anchor Recovery Center in Pawtucket and Warwick.) Every Rhode Islander who seeks or receives inpatient or outpatient services,
Klatzker said, “should be guaranteed, for life, recovery support services.” Rhode Island has among the highest rates of substance abuse in the country, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration. Rhode Island will be the “national hub” for this year’s Rally4Recovery event, which means it will be broadcast nationwide.

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