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NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH — The 5th Annual Western Regional Recovery Rally will take place Sept. 14, at the Lake Junaluska Open Air Gym. September is National Recovery Month.

The Fifth Annual Western Regional Recovery Rally will take place from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Lake Junaluska Open Air Gym. The Communities Rallying For Recovery (CRFR) encourages all to attend to kick off and celebrate recovery during September, National Recovery Month.

People in recovery from substance use, mental health challenges, and/or life in general, along with their families, friends, and allies will come together at Lake Junaluska.

The CRFR is striving to change the conversation from problems to solutions and to educate the community that recovery is not the exception — it is a growing, hope-filled reality.

This event is being held to raise the profile of recovery by demonstrating that people do sustain long-term recovery from alcohol, drugs, mental health, and other life challenges. The Western Regional Recovery Rally is an annual event to celebrate with growing numbers each year.

The community rally event will include: a cake walk — $1 to enter; a drawing — $1 per ticket; Hop 4 Recovery — $1 entry; Recovery group photo; free face painting; free dunk booth; free bounce house; free food and music; free drum circle; resources for any and all; Speakers and awards.

Community leaders and local businesses can play a major role in celebrating recovery by helping communities embrace new ways of thinking. By becoming a recovery ally, everyone will help further support people with mental health and/or substance use issues.

When people attend or support this rally, it demonstrates commitment to promoting recovery and making a positive difference in the community.

When people are healthier, it benefits families, communities and the nation.

The CRFR invites friends, families, neighbors, community partners, elected officials, community leaders, and the media to join hands and hearts and participate in this positive change movement. It begins by listening to the voices of individuals in recovery and their allies, and it continues with everyone working together.

The Western Regional Recovery Board has operated for four years as knowledgeable and trusted members of the community. It strives to inspire the spark of hope for change and is dedicated to organizing and mobilizing the people of WNC and beyond for those in recovery, or who haven’t yet found recovery and our allies from substance use and mental health challenges or life issue.

Together, Communities Rallying For Recovery works to fight stigma for all walks of life and create more opportunities to achieve long-term recovery and to support the community/ and understand that recovery happens in the community.

For information, contact Daniel Reece, CRFR chairman, at Reececup1986T@aol.com or 828-734-0509.

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