By Jeremie Delauder, MAT Research Assistant, WestCare Kentucky
September was National Recovery Month. This year’s theme was “Recovery is For Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community.” As part of WestCare Kentucky’s celebration of Recovery Month, the substance abuse treatment programs at our women’s facility, Judi Patton Center for Healthy Families, and our men’s facility, Hal Rogers Appalachian Recovery Center, participated in day-long activities.
A Recovery Month tradition for our programs has been a walk-a-thon where our clients participating in treatment walk the track at their respective facilities while carrying a medallion. This medallion is a representation of moving recovery forward during treatment, after treatment ends, and as a new life begins. Participants pass the medallion to one another as the event progresses. The objective is to keep the medallion moving throughout the event.
Along the tracks, our clients will share messages of hope and inspiration, words of encouragement, and sentiments of remembrance for friends and loved ones that have lost their struggle with addiction.