WestBridge Run 4 Recovery Event Raised Funds for Individuals in Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program

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Local Tampa families support a successful Run 4 Recovery event sponsored by WestBridge Center for Integrated Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders.

The top three female finishers received medals and gift cards from Fit2Run.

Run 4 Recovery The top three female finishers received medals and gift cards from Fit2Run.

At WestBridge, we recognize that when a loved one has a mental illness and substance use disorder, the journey to recovery can seem like a marathon to that individual and his family. - Mary Woods, CEO at WestBridge.

WestBridge Center for Integrated Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders is celebrating a successful Run 4 Recovery event. The race was held on Sunday, October 18, 2015 at Al Lopez Park, in Tampa, Florida. The event featured both running and walking paths that highlighted scenic views of lakes and natural areas. The race was held to benefit individuals and families in recovery from mental health and substance use disorders.

The day of the event proved to be beautiful, with warm temperatures and sunny skies. Individuals from all over the Tampa area came to show their support. After some opening remarks, the day began with a 5K run/walk at 8:00 a.m. as well as a one-mile course for walkers. The event was family-oriented and children, adults, and their pets were all invited to take part in the race. There were plenty of kid-friendly activities at the park and a dog costume contest, which drew much attention. An awards ceremony and closing remarks concluded the successful and fun event.

The top three female and male finishers of the Run 4 Recovery received medals and gift cards from Fit2Run. Additional runners in eight age categories also received medals, and every participant received a Run 4 Recovery t-shirt. All proceeds from Run 4 Recovery will go to support WestBridge’s Recovery Opportunity Fund, providing extended care for families in need of receiving further recovery services.

WestBridge’s #RunningWithYou marathon-themed campaign led up to the Run4Recovery. The campaign embodies the message WestBridge conveys to all who enter its treatment program: Recovery is a marathon not a sprint. Families of those with mental health issues and substance use disorders often face frustration and exhaustion as they search for a solution. Through teamwork and the help of others, families can endure the long road to recovery. They can connect to others and find support using the #RunningWithYou hashtag on Facebook and Twitter.

Staff at WestBridge were happy to have this opportunity to share the message of recovery.

“At WestBridge, we recognize that when a loved one has a mental illness and substance use disorder, the journey to recovery can seem like a marathon to that individual and his family,” said Mary Woods, CEO at WestBridge. “While treatment and recovery are often portrayed as more of a sprint than a marathon, the experience of many families has shown us the need for ongoing professional and community support in order to sustain recovery.”

Pictures and coverage of the event can be found on Westbridge’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DualDiagnosisTreatment.

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