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River Edge to Host Recovery Rally Awareness Event

recovery month flyerRiver Edge Behavioral Health Center will host a free community recovery rally entitled “Speak Up, Reach Out” Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 3:00--6:00 p.m. in the River Edge/Bibb County Health Department parking lot at 175 Emery Hwy. 

The event is part of Recovery Month, a national observance sponsored by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  The observance, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, raises awareness of mental and substance use disorders, celebrates individuals in long-term recovery, and acknowledges the work of prevention, treatment and recovery support services.

Shannon Harvey, CEO of River Edge, said, “Treatment is effective and recovery can be expected.  Recovery is real.  People can—and do—recover every day.  That is something to celebrate!”

To promote the widespread national observance, Macon-Bibb Commissioner and Mayor Pro-Tem Bert Bivins will attend the celebration to read a mayoral proclamation declaring September 24 “Speak Up, Reach Out” Day. 

The program also will feature a testimonial guest speaker intended to support people in recovery and draw attention to prevention, treatment and recovery support services.  Food, music, giveaways and children’s entertainment will be available.  Participating organizations include the Macon-Bibb Housing Authority, Alcoholics Anonymous, First Choice Primary Healthcare, Central Georgia Technical College, Centenary Church, Loaves and Fishes, Helms Career Institute, Bibb County Health Department, Dismas House and more.