Missouri Recovery Network celebrates Recovery Month

4 years 1 month 6 days ago Saturday, September 13 2014 Sep 13, 2014 Saturday, September 13, 2014 4:59:00 PM CDT September 13, 2014 in News
By: Amanda Weston, KOMU 8 Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Recovery Network is holding events statewide for Recovery Month in an effort to fight addiction.

The Missouri Recovery Network aims to raise awareness about alcohol and drug addiction. According to the organization, many individuals do not receive the support they need to overcome addiction. The MRN wants to educate Missourians about treatment effectiveness while fighting the negative stigma and discrimination associated with addiction and treatment.

Numerous events are happening across the state during September. These include speakers, family celebrations, a candlelight vigil and film screening in various cities.

Recovery Fest 2014 will be held at Redman Creek Recreation Area in Wappapello, Missouri on September 20.

The "Better Life in Recovery, Getting Dirty to Stay Clean" Float Trip will be at Hooten Town River Access in Stone County September 27 and 28. And the MRN will show "The Anonymous People," a documentary about addiction, at St. Charles Community College September 30 in Cottleville, Missouri.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 17.6 million American adults abuse alcohol or are alcoholic, and 53% of adults report that one or more of their close friends have a drinking problem.

The MRN says thousands of Missourians have recovered from addiction while hundreds more getting well each year. One of the organization's core values is to "increase opportunities for recovery by promoting greater access to treatment and additional recovery support services for all who need it." Recovery Month is a way of providing access to treatment options and spreading the word about overcoming addiction.

Events run through September 30. More information about Recovery Month and state resources can be found at the MRN's website.

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