September is National Recovery Month which shines a light on the taboo subject of addiction and the road to recovery, and the support services and professionals who aid in the process.
“No one is immune from addiction; it afflicts people of all ages, races, classes, and professions.” – Patrick J. Kennedy
Addiction is non-discriminant in who it effects. Like a bull in a china shop, it plows through the relationships, friendships, and families of an addict, relentlessly leaving trails of tears and brokenness. Those in its path know little of how to stop the madness, or even where to start to help their loved one. The road to and through recovery is a long arduous task, but the process is necessary for many.
The 5K Bird Walk for Recovery, established in remembrance of Seneca ‘Bird’ Gibbs, “celebrates the recovery community and agencies that provide ‘boots on the ground’ support and services for those in recovery. It aims to dispel negative stigma and recognize that recovery is a positive force in our community.” Seneca was the loved and cherished brother of a dear friend of mine, Angel Watson. He was also an amazing artist, an uncle, friend, father and son, but he did not win his battle with addiction. Seneca struggled with the disease of addiction, and on August 22, 2015, he passed on from complications of the disease. His life inspired his friends and family to create this space for education and encouragement to those in the process of recovery and those who love them.
On September 2, 2017, approximately 100+ of Seneca’s family and friends will walk around Gleason Park, 3400 Jefferson St. Gary, IN 46408, in remembrance and celebration of his life and the recovery process to raise money to help a local charity to assist with their recovery support efforts. The Bird Walk for Recovery will also feature Overdose Lifeline Naloxone/Narcan education, training, and distribution, as well as the HERO Hidden in Plain Sight trailer which depicts what appears to be a teenager’s room, but shows the signs of drug/alcohol and mental health issues. A brunch of chicken and waffles will be provided post-walk as well.
The Bird Walk for Recovery encourages addiction survivors of 5+ years to lead the walk as beacons of hope that recovery from addiction is real.
If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction please remember there is hope and help out there.
To learn more about how you can help or participate in the 5K Bird Walk for Recovery, click here.
For resources for those in the recovery process, visit https://www.recoverymonth.gov/.