FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14, 2016
September Celebrates Those in Recovery
Greater Susquehanna Valley (GSV) United Way’s Behavioral Health and Addiction Impact Council is supporting a program that focuses on celebrating every day of recovery. September is National Recovery Month and its purpose is to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.
30-year old Neiomi Crawford of Milton recently joined the Impact Council for support with a program she has developed called “C.U.R.E.” and stands for Celebrate YoUr Recovery Everyday. It promotes celebration through a 12-step format, while also providing social recreation in a sober environment.
“I am in recovery myself and knew I had to make some changes in my life after my second DUI, which landed me time in jail”. Crawford says her children and her freedom have been the motivating factors in her recovery, but she has also felt inspired to help others in recovery too. “I attend other meetings and kept hearing the need for more celebration and more social recreation in a safe and sober way. That is really hard to find around here,” Crawford adds.
C.U.R.E. will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, September 28th from 7:00-9:00 PM in the basement of the Milton Moose Family Center on South Front Street in Milton. It is open to the public and invites anyone who has suffered any kind of addiction, or knows of someone who is or has suffered from the disease.
“A lot of programs reflect on the problem and the past, and that’s needed, but I also want to look at today, and celebrate the future too,” Crawford says. “Instead of only recognizing recovery in increments like 3, 6 or 9 months, I want to emphasize the importance of celebrating every single day. Because it’s something that should be celebrated. It’s a hard walk, a hard journey”.
Behavioral Health and Addiction is one of GSV United Way’s six Priorities For Impact and current work of the Impact Council focuses on prevention education in schools and overcoming stigma associated with those suffering from mental health or substance use disorders.
Along with support from United Way, Crawford has also received guidance from Gaudenzia in Sunbury which provides drug and alcohol treatment services in the region. For more information on C.U.R.E, call (570) 238-0034.
If interested in joining the Behavioral Health and Addiction Impact Council, contact United Way at (570) 988-0993.