Walk for Recovery-
This community walk was in downtown Greensboro, Sunday April 30. This walk brought together a variety of treatment providers (Triad Behavioral Resources included). In addition, there were several walkers in long term recovery, as well as allies. Allies were referred to as friends and family members who want to show support, want to advocate, and raise awareness by literally walking within their community.
The goal of the walk was to help eliminate the stigma of addiction and show the support of the community to those suffering from addiction and to seek treatment. The walk was a great way to bring the community together and bring awareness to the opioid epidemic that has effected the country.
“It is not something to whisper about” stated Mike Yow CEO of Fellowship Hall, both Yow and Jimmy Cieo Recovery Initiatives Program Coordinator for the Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse in NC, who also spoke at the walk, shared their passion toward the movement of stopping the stigma and treatment availability. In addition to emphasizing the need to stop silencing the problem that there is an epidemic but that addiction is a disease however recovery is possible.
WFMY joined us to cover the event!
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Walk For Recovery Aims To Bring Awareness To Substance Use Disorder
GREENSBORO, NC – A walk in downtown Greensboro on [Sunday] aims to bring awareness to a disease that affects many in the Triad.
[The walk] discussed the epidemic of substance use disorder and relayed it is a disease that is treatable.
Walkers went on a 1-mile trek from Center City Park to Governmental Plaza on S. Greene Street. After walking, Jimmy Cioe, Recovery Initiatives Program Coordinator for the Governor’s Institute on Substance Abuse in NC, spoke.
Cioe talked about the Recovery Movement and Mike Yow, President & CEO of Fellowship Hall, is gave words of encouragement and inspiration.
“Fellowship Hall has been in Greensboro for more than 45 years, and yet many people still don’t know that we can help,” explained Yow. “The value of recovery community organizations, rising up around our State, is paramount to growing recovery in NC. We’re seeing more and more young people enter treatment. If we can build awareness that substance use disorder is a serious disease – then more people will begin to understand that it can be treated, and recovery is possible.”
And Cioe agrees with Yow,
“This is a great way to bring together the community to celebrate our successes and help the skeptics see that recovery does work.”
Fellowship hall is a private non-profit alcohol and drug treatment center in Greensboro.