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Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council
The Chautauqua Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Council, HOPE Chautauqua, Mental Health Association of Chautauqua County, WCA Hospital, Department of Mental Hygiene, TLC Health Network, Infinity Visual & Performing Arts, Salvation Army and United Christian Advocacy Network are co-sponsoring two Recovery Walks.
The Recovery Walks are a collaborative event being held in conjunction with September as National Recovery Month with the goal to promote awareness, educate the community, remember those who have lost their fight with addiction, and those who are still struggling with addiction.
On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, a recovery walk will begin at CASAC’s Jamestown Office, 501 W. Third St. at 4 p.m. and proceed through downtown Jamestown ending at Infinity Visual & Performing Arts, 301 E. Second St., Jamestown, NY.
CASAC’s first Recovery Walk in the North County will be held on Thursday, September 29, 2016. This walk will start at CASAC’s Dunkirk Office, 324 Central Avenue, Dunkirk and end at the Salvation Army, 704 Central Avenue, Dunkirk, NY.
A brief video, “Hope & Healing for Chautauqua”, will be shown at both events. The video is a local documentary created by Kranky Plate Productions through conversations with local residents who continue to find new ways of dealing with the ongoing epidemic of drug use. The film reframes the conversation to look at collaborative efforts that are making a positive change for a healthier Chautauqua County. For those not wishing to walk, or if it is raining, the video will begin at 4:45 p.m. at both locations.
The Awareness Theatre Alumni will be presenting a skit on recovery in the South County and Jeffrey Thomas will be a keynote speaker for the North County event. Both events are free of charge and open to the public.
Recovery Month, now in its 27th year, highlights individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are living happy and healthy lives in long-term recovery. It also honors the prevention, treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible, and also encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need; provide hope to those still suffering, and to honor those who have died.