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Recovery Walk on Thursday


► What: The Recovery Walk ► When: 5-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 ► Where: McElroy Park, 502 15th St SE, Jamestown ► Admission: Free and open to the public ► Details: Door prizes, music, food, entertainment, guest speaker Adam Martin of F5, inflatable games for the kids ► Contact: Angela Reidburn, 253-3676

A community event will celebrate the successes of people who struggle with mental health and substance abuse issues.

The Recovery Walk is a National Recovery Month event that brings community together as another layer of support with the people who work in recovery and treatment, said Stacey Hunt, doctor of psychology and CEO of the St. Thomas Counseling Center in Jamestown.

“As a community provider, we strive to help people learn coping skills to live functional, healthy lives,” Hunt said.

The event will include food, games, entertainment and speakers but is more about showing that treatment works when people find hope and believe a better tomorrow is possible with a support system, said Angela Reidburn, a licensed addiction counselor with the North Dakota State Hospital. Learning to manage a condition, making healthy choices, having stable housing, meaningful daily activities and maintaining relationships are all part of the process, she said.

The 2017 Recovery Month focus is on rural communities, the criminal justice system, community- and faith-based organizations and public health agencies, Reidburn said. An estimated 15 million people in rural areas have experienced a substance or mental disorder, she said.

Around 64.5 percent of the prison and jail population have a substance abuse disorder and onethird (32.9 percent) has a diagnosis of a mental illness, she said.

Recovery Walk speaker Adam Martin founded F5, an organization that coordinates ex- offenders with services and direct support to help deter repeat offenses. He will speak about his own mental and substance use disorders and how the lack of community support hindered his recovery, Reidburn said.

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