As drug addiction is becoming more rampant today, many people start to pay for attention to giving value to everything they have, especially those around them. We know for a fact that addiction can take everything from us- our future, our success, our families, and worse, our own lives. In fact, each day, perhaps a life is lost because of it. However, in spite of all, it is such a relief that many people exert an effort to help solve the problem in drugs. There are many rehab centers and private organizations that are also organizing events that can prevent people from using drugs.
At the same time, there are those that celebrate every successful drug addiction recovery. In Maine, in partnership with different community organizations, they are hosting events that aim to celebrate the achievements of those who were able to recover from drug abuse. Events like this will be an inspiration to so many others, that they too, can get out of it and live a new life.
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In partnership with various community organizations, the Aroostook Mental Health Center will host a month of events in September to celebrate the achievements of people in recovery from drug abuse.
National Recovery Month, held annually in September, recognizes the millions of people across the country who have made personal strides in their journeys toward a drug-free life. In Aroostook County, the month-long events will kick off with a candlelight vigil on Thursday, Aug. 30, on Sweden Street in Caribou after the final Thursdays on Sweden Street block party for the summer.
The vigil will be co-hosted by AMHC, Cary Medical Center and Recovery Aroostook and will feature speakers Dave and Shelly Yankowski, a couple from the Bangor area who lost both their sons to heroin overdoses within a 10-month period this past year. Participants will stand in silence to recognize the 418 people who died from opioid overdoses in Maine in 2017 and will correspond with International Overdose Awareness Day.
On Sept. 9, AMHC will host their annual Alumni Recovery Reunion at “The Farm,” their residential treatment facility in Limestone, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Another annual gathering, Recovery Rocks, will take place at the Presque Isle Fish and Game Club from 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 22 and feature music entertainment from Travis Cyr, a free picnic and barbecue and crafts. AMHC sponsors the event in conjunction with Life By Design, Recovery Aroostook and the Aroostook Band of Micmacs Health Clinic.