Recovery Walks have been happening for the last 14 years during the month of September, which is National Recovery Month, nationwide.
Parents and family members, along with Caron staff, walked on Saturday, September 19th at the PRO-ACT Recovery Walks in Penn’s Landing, PA. We numbered about 40 among 25,000 people that met before 9am to start the 1.75 mile walk. The 12 Steppers, our team, raised the most money for PRO-ACT ( over $ 3000.00) which works to reduce the stigma of addiction, promotes recovery, peer education and support, and advocates for people affected by Substance Use Disorders and their families. In honor of this extraordinary accomplishment, our team captain will throw out the first pitch at the Phillies' Recovery Night!
Last year I was overwhelmed by the crowds of people that gathered to support those in recovery. Again, this year, I walked in honor of my daughter, who has been in recovery for over four years, as well as all the other children from the Lehigh Valley Parent and Family Support Group. The love and support of those walking was comforting and gives me the strength I need to continue on this lifelong journey.
Chris S., from our group said “drug addiction is not a moral failing, it’s not a choice. It’s a disease of the brain that requires treatment and has no cure. I pray this walk will help others realize that people suffering from this disease are good people. They are our kids, our brothers and sisters, our mothers and fathers and our friends.”
Walkers included young and old, families walking together; white and black and every shade in between; men and women; over 50 sponsors were represented including Caron Treatment Centers.
This walk represents faces and voices of those in recovery. Together we can eliminate the stigma associated with this insidious disease.