Recovery Month celebrations culminated on September 21 in and around the Massachusetts State House with a day of celebrating recovery and mobilizing in response to the opioid crisis in the Commonwealth.
Hosted by Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR), now celebrating 25 years of supporting people in recovery, Recovery Day brought together people and organizations from across Massachusetts with fresh enthusiasm and a renewed commitment to fighting substance abuse. You could feel the energy as people from many sectors – state government, federal government, law enforcement, education, treatment, and advocacy – came together in a truly united effort to share strategies, challenges, and successes in overcoming substance abuse.
Representatives from law enforcement discussed innovative approaches to support people in active addiction and recovery, including Chief Leonard Campanello from the Gloucester Police Department. Gloucester’s Volunteer ANGEL Program provides help to those struggling with opioid addiction, rather than arresting them, and has already seen success. Students from Ostiguy Recovery High School in Boston performed and spoke about their experience as students in recovery, supported by students from other recovery high schools across the state. Commissioner Monica Bharel of the MA Department of Public Health proclaimed that “It’s going to take all of us together to end the opioid crisis,” a sentiment shared by speaker Attorney General Maura Healey. The Attorney General has also launched an online effort to collect stories of recovery from people across the state. You can share your story or view videos that have been shared by searching #MassRecovery on Facebook or Twitter.
The Helpline supports people wherever they might be in their treatment and recovery path. Search here for a wide variety of treatment programs and recovery support services across the state.
(Image courtesy of Maura Healey @MasssAGO Twitter feed)