CCAR™ to Host 13th Annual “Recovery Walks!” on September 15, 2012: Thousands Expected to Support Recovery from Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction in Hartford’s Bushnell Park

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Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery™ announced that it is hosting its 13th annual Recovery Walks! on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in Bushnell Park, Hartford.

Phillip Valentine, Executive Director, Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery

With thousands expected to participate, including people in recovery, family members, friends and allies, they will proclaim the message of hope that recovery is possible along with the ability to live long, productive lives.

Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery™, a leading national nonprofit organization that promotes recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction through advocacy, education and service, announced that it is hosting its 13th annual Recovery Walks! on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in Bushnell Park, Hartford.

As in years past, Recovery Walks! is a celebration for those in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs as well as their families, friends, and allies. In addition to walking, participants will speak out to put a face and voice on recovery. For the first time, there will be a live satellite link with Manchester, England while the event is being streamed live from Hartford along with celebrations in Detroit and Dublin, Ireland. Recovery Walks! will host live music by Shaded Soul in addition to offering activities for children, exhibits, arts and crafts, and food. Speaking at the event will be Patricia Rehmer, MSN, Commissioner Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, William Leary, President, Board of Directors, CCAR, and Phillip Valentine, Executive Director, CCAR.

Said Cheryle Pacapelli, CCAR’s Director of Recovery Services, “Recovery Walks! is one of the cornerstones of CCAR’s many mission-focused programs that promote recovery through advocacy, education, and service. For those who participate, it is an important and powerful event that allows them to walk proudly with their peers in recovery, show the world that recovery is entirely possible, and support CCAR as a positive force in the community.”

According to Phillip A. Valentine, Executive Director of CCAR and in recovery himself since 1987, “Each year, Recovery Walks! expands in size, scope, and impact…and this year will be no exception. With thousands expected to participate, including people in recovery, family members, friends, allies, and those from the general public, they will proclaim the message of hope that recovery is possible along with the ability to live long, productive lives, free from alcohol and other drugs.” Mr. Valentine continued, “Once again, CCAR is so proud to host this event, and is delighted to provide services and connect people to resources that empower the addicted to heal and inspire hope.”

Recovery Walks! is being held during the 23rd annual National Recovery Month, and is one of many nationwide Rally for Recovery events scheduled for September 15th. According to Faces & Voices of Recovery, last year more than 100,000 people participated in 90 locations around the country, and this year’s goal is for substantially more participants. (http://www.facesandvoicesofrecovery.org). These events offer the opportunity for those in recovery to register to vote, speak with elected officials, and celebrate their growing visibility. For the first time, celebrations in Detroit, Hartford, and Dublin, Ireland will be streamed live, and will be available for viewing at http://www.ezcasts.com/recovery2012/RecoveryWalk.asp. There will also be a live satellite link between Manchester, England and Hartford, Connecticut where stories from those in recovery will be shared across the pond.

Recovery Walks! is a free event, and everyone is welcome to attend. Participants can register online, start a walk team, or make a donation at http://www.firstgiving.com//ccar. All who pre-register online can purchase a Recovery Walks! t-shirt for $5.00. T-shirts can also be purchased for $10.00 on the day of the event. More information is available on CCAR’s Web site at http://www.ccar.us.

ABOUT CONNECTICUT COMMUNITY FOR ADDICTION RECOVERY                            

Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) is a Hartford, Connecticut based 501(c)3 nonprofit that works nationally to promote recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction through advocacy, education and service. The organization provides services and connects people to resources that empower the addicted to heal, and inspire hope. CCAR is working to end the discrimination that can surround recovery and ensure that those in recovery, and those seeking recovery, are treated with respect and dignity. To learn more about the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery, or to purchase offerings from The CCAR Recovery Store™, visit http://www.ccar.us.

ABOUT RECOVERY MONTH

National Recovery Month is an annual observance during the month of September that is sponsored by the National Planning Partners in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. http://www.recoverymonth.gov includes a listing of events around the nation and the world.

President Barack Obama has issued a Recovery Month proclamation available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/ondcp.

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