United In Recovery
Each September, STEP Industries and Mooring Programs host
a joint fundraiser in honor of National Recovery Month. Beyond
raising funds, however, this event is intended to help raise
awareness of the joy of recovery from
addiction to drugs and alcohol. Most often, the
stories associated with addiction are not stories about strength,
hope, and recovery. Rather, stories associated with addiction are
stories related to the exact opposite: weakness, despair, and loss.
Those losses include: loss of family and friends, loss of jobs and
materials, loss of driver's licenses, loss of self-respect and
self-care, and, far too often, loss of life itself. Unfortunately,
those are the stories we read in local newspapers and see on the
evening news. With all the negativity associated with addiction and
its related consequences, it makes sense that there is a tremendous
amount of shame, embarrassment, and stigma associated with
addiction to mood altering chemicals. If all we hear, though, are
the stories of loss, then the picture is incomplete and only
half-accurate. There are plenty of stories to be told and heard
about strength, hope and recovery from addiction. Stories of
redemption and courage. Stories of getting back up and learning how
to meet life on life's terms without the use of drugs and alcohol.
United in Recovery aims to do just that-to highlight and celebrate
the fruits of recovery.
The 2016 United in Recovery event was celebrated on September
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A few inspirational stories
Through the years...
Our first annual "awareness raising event" was in 2009.
"Step-It-Up" was a day long experience of health and wellness in
addition to awareness of the joy of recovery. Beginning in 2011,
"United in Recovery" took it's place and is here to stay.