Running to Support the Work of Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery

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Supporters for Addiction Recovery run Hartford Marathon to raise funds and awareness and donations in Connecticut.

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CCAR is grateful for the community support that helps us expand and enrich the peer recovery support services we provide free of charge in our 3 Centers, where hope and healing are available every day.

On Sunday, October 10, 2015 Erica Tsacoyeanes led a team of young people through the finish line at the Hartford Marathon. Erica has been running this marathon for years, and this year’s purpose was different, as she wanted to run for a cause near to her heart. Erica decided to organize a group of runners to raise awareness and donations for Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR). She enlisted her fiancé, Craig, and he rounded up kids from the middle school where he teaches. They explained to them about the impact CCAR had on their lives and how the money they raised would be used to help people who are recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. Many students and families stepped up to support this fundraising effort and learned about addiction recovery in their community.

Erica is very passionate about being involved and working with people in recovery from addiction. After her brother passed away from drug addiction, Erica went on a quest to find a bereavement group. She first got introduced to CCAR when she visited the Hartford Recovery Community Center, which provided Erica with a community where she could share her story and volunteer her time. CCAR was a place that helped her feel close to her brother, especially while facilitating a support group for other family members who lost their loved ones to addiction. Erica organized the team to run because she wants people to know that addiction does not discriminate – it hits everyone no matter how much money they have or where they are from.

CCAR thanks the generosity of Erica, Craig and the families who showed their support through the Hartford Marathon Foundation. The group raised $380. CCAR is grateful for the community support that helps us expand and enrich the peer recovery support services we provide free of charge in our 3 Centers, where hope and healing are available every day.

Since 1998 the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) has organized the recovery community (people in recovery, family members, friends and allies) to put a face on recovery and to provide recovery support services to help sustain recovery. By promoting recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction through advocacy, education and service, CCAR strives to end discrimination surrounding addiction and recovery, open new doors and remove barriers to recovery, maintain and sustain recovery regardless of the pathway, all the while ensuring that all people in recovery, and people seeking recovery, are treated with dignity and respect. CCAR envisions a world where the power, hope and healing of recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction is thoroughly understood and embraced. For more information, visit http://www.ccar.us.

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