Vermont’s 2nd Annual Green Mountain Addiction Recovery Walk Scheduled for September 15 at Statehouse

For Immediate Release: Sept. 12, 2007
Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health
802-863-7281

MONTPELIER – The Statehouse lawn in Montpelier will serve as the starting line for the 2nd Annual Green Mountain Recovery Walk on Saturday, Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event, hosted by Friends of Recovery Vermont, will include a one-mile walk and festival.

“The Walk is a celebration of recovery for everyone recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, their family members, friends and other allies,” said Patty McCarthy, director of Friends of Recovery Vermont. “It is also a symbol of hope that long-term recovery is not only possible, but is a reality for many Vermonters."

The event is also a celebration of the nearly 8,000 Vermonters who are enrolled in a drug and alcohol treatment programs statewide, individuals who have committed to recovery on their own, and those who have successfully moved past addiction to lead a healthier and more productive life.

The event, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Vermont Department of Health is expected to draw more than 350 people.

“Vermonters on the road to recovery can and will avoid the health risks, chronic conditions and injuries caused by drug and alcohol addiction,” said Health Commissioner Sharon Moffatt, RN, MSN. “Ultimately the decision to recover has to be made with resolve and determination by the individual. Every day, in every corner of this state, there are people who have dedicated themselves to moving past addiction. They deserve our support and they deserve our encouragement.”

A total of nine recovery centers are available statewide to help people maintain and enhance their recovery through peer support, sober recreation and educational opportunities.

In 2003, Gov. Jim Douglas created the DETER (Drug Education, Treatment, Enforcement and Rehabilitation) initiative as a multi-faceted, multi-million dollar approach to confront substance abuse in Vermont. Implemented by the Health Department, DETER set in place a compassionate program of treatment that funded expanded treatment options and recovery centers throughout the state.

For more information about the event visit: www.friendsofrecoveryvt.org.

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