Vigil to honor stuggles

Published 10:42 am Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The number of people impacted by addiction simply outweighs the number of people who, by some chance, have not been.

This doesn’t mean there are more addicts than non-addicts. This means there are so many people who are either an addict or recovering addict, family member or loved one of an addict or the endless number of people whose lives have intersected with an addict — someone who stole from them, assaulted them or caused an accident on a roadway and injured them.

September is National Recovery Month and national and local agencies are joining to increase the awareness and understanding of mental and substance use issues and celebrate the people who recover.

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For those who have experienced the pain of addiction, Spectrum Outreach Services will have several candlelight vigils across the county to encourage people to honor their loved ones, or themselves, in the fight against drug abuse.

These vigils, as well as other recovery month events around the country, will be an invaluable tool in changing public perception about addiction. People who need recovery or who are in recovery live in our communities and they need our help and support.

They have to know they are supported in their incredibly difficult challenge and that they should feel empowered to take back their lives from addiction.

If you or someone who know has struggled or is struggling with addiction, take a step toward recovery and go to the first candlelight vigil at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the park in Proctorville.