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Eva's Village Co-Sponsors 8th Annual Passaic County Recovery Walk & Celebration; Local Leaders to Attend


This year's theme, "Invest in health, home, purpose, and community" highlights the need for law enforcement, families, treatment and social service agencies to work together to support long-term recovery from mental health and substance use disorders.

PATERSON, N.J. (PRWEB) September 04, 2018

The 8th Annual Passaic County Recovery Walk & Celebration, held on Saturday, September 8 in Paterson, will celebrate individuals in recovery and recognize community support for recovery treatment and programs. The walk also aims to raise awareness about the growing opioid crisis, and to call attention to mental health needs and co-occurring disorders that complicate treatment and recovery. Click here to view the infographic for more information.

Elected officials, community leaders, law enforcement representatives and treatment providers will join hundreds of friends and families who belong to the recovery community to send a message of hope: that help and prevention, treatment and recovery support for substance use and mental disorders make long-term recovery possible. This event is one of thousands held nationwide to celebrate National Recovery Month.

Now in its 29h year, National Recovery Month is sponsored by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to promote awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, to celebrate individuals in recovery, and to honor the families, friends and communities that support them. The annual observance celebrates millions of lives transformed through recovery, raises awareness about mental and substance use disorders and encourages individuals to take action to expand access to prevention, treatment and services.

Sponsors & Supporters
Since 2010, Eva's Village has helped to organize and sponsor Passaic County's Recovery Walk. This year, Passaic County, the Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse,, and The Ammon Foundation, join Eva's Village to sponsor the event, with help from Straight & Narrow, Turning Point and United for Prevention in Passaic County and other community groups.


9:00 am     
On-site registration begins at the William J. Bates Memorial Plaza at 77 Hamilton St. in Paterson. Participants interested in this free event are asked to pre-register on line. For more information about registration and sponsorship, visit the webpage for The Recovery Community Center at Eva's Village or call 973-754-6784.

9:30 am
A choir from Catholic Charities' Straight & Narrow (a Paterson addiction treatment center) will perform and county officials will issue a Proclamation calling attention to the problem of mental and substance use disorders in our community. Paterson Mayor André Sayegh and speakers from the recovery community will address the gathering, including: Francine Vince, Passaic County's Human Services Director; Brenda Browne, Director of the Passaic County Division of Mental Health & Addiction Services; and Eva's Village clinical staff. Lindsay Kriek, a graduate of the Eva's recovery program and a Recovery Specialist in the Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (OORP) and Denise Otto will speak about their experiences with addiction recovery.

10:15 am -5:00 pm
Passaic County's Drug Court Judge Miguel de la Carrera will join Passaic County residents and community groups to walk a 2.2-mile route down Broadway to Paterson's East Side Park. Police will assist with rolling street closures as marchers pass through the 4th Ward, a neighborhood struggling with narcotics trafficking and gang violence. The celebration will continue at the park until 5:00 pm. Entertainment will include a D.J. in the pavilion, a softball tournament on the grounds and food prepared and served by students and staff at The Culinary School at Eva's Village.

More About National Recovery Month
Now in its 29h year, National Recovery Month is sponsored by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to promote awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, to celebrate individuals in recovery, and to honor the families, friends and communities that support them. Throughout September, tens of thousands of events like the Passaic County Recovery Walk & Celebration will take place across the nation.

More about Passaic County's Opioid Overdose Recovery Program
Eva's Village has been partnered with St. Joseph's Health to implement the state-sponsored Opioid Overdose Recovery Program (OORP) since April 2016. The program brings trained Recovery Specialists from Eva's Village, who are in recovery themselves, to the bedsides of patients reversed from opioid overdose in Passaic County hospital emergency rooms. The specialists build relationships with the patients to connect them with recovery treatment and support. The OORP is one of the first in the nation to offer immediate peer-to-peer recovery support to overdose survivors and to maintain contact with them for a minimum of three months. The program now operates in all 21 New Jersey counties.

Recovery Treatment & Support at Eva's Village
Eva's Village has offered substance use disorder treatment beginning in 1986; outpatient and inpatient programs now serve men, women, pregnant women and mothers with children. On September 10, Eva's Recovery Community Center will celebrate its 9th anniversary. In 2009, the Center became the first peer-led, peer-driven recovery center in New Jersey. Since then, it has provided a welcoming and safe place for more than 12,000 individuals seeking recovery services before, during and after treatment. Volunteers with lived recovery experience are trained to provide one-on-one support to individuals working on long-term recovery. Peer volunteers give back at the Center - designing and leading fellowship, spirituality and wellness workshops - and coordinating events to support and celebrate the recovery community. Peer-led support groups focus on recovery from substance use disorder and on co-occurring behavioral and mental health issues. Services include one-on-one recovery coaching, child care, and referrals to medical and behavioral health treatment.

More about Eva's Village
Founded as a soup kitchen in 1982, Eva's Village began by serving 30 meals a day to feed the hungry in Paterson. In response to the related issues of poverty, addiction, mental illness and homelessness, programs and services grew out of the original soup kitchen to address these issues. Today, Eva's Village offers a range of integrated programs to help those in need move toward stability and independence.

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