Everyone is invited to “Picture Recovery” during September’s National Recovery Month
In lieu of its traditional September Walk event, which last year attracted 5,000 people to the Capitol grounds, Minnesota Recovery Connection is inviting the community to participate in activities aligned with State of Minnesota COVID-19 safety precautions. “2020 has been an unprecedented year of challenges, especially for people seeking or sustaining recovery from substance use disorders,” said Wendy Jones, Minnesota Recovery Connection’s Executive Director. “We want to remind people that recovery is everywhere around us, even during a pandemic, and give people options to find inspiration both online and in person.”
Minnesota Recovery Connection is currently accepting photo and story submissions for its “Picture Recovery” project. Photos received before August 30 will be included in a pop-up exhibit on display on the Minnesota State Capitol grounds from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 19th. Attendance is limited and COVID-19 safety precautions will be in place. Participants must pre-register for an entry time and will be issued face coverings.
“Sharing photos and stories that inspire hope and raise awareness is something we can all do to support recovery,” said Monique Bourgeois, Chief Community Relations Officer for NUWAY. “NUWAY supports the 2020 Virtual Walk for Recovery and Minnesota Recovery Connection because we believe recovery happens in the community, and we want our clients and alumni to see that recovery is real and happens every day in Minnesota.”
Addiction affects nearly everyone – as individuals, family members, friends, co-workers or community members. Yet stigma continues to be the biggest barrier to finding recovery for the 21 million Americans still struggling with substance use disorders. “As a person in long-term recovery myself,” said Jones, “I want others to understand that substance use disorder is a medical condition and recovery is possible. We need to normalize stories of recovery and stop dehumanizing people with the chronic disease of addiction. When we publicly celebrate and honor the recovery community, we are helping to break the stigma that continues to harm so many Minnesotans.”
In addition to submitting a photo and registering to attend the “Picture Recovery” Pop-Up Exhibit, people are invited to join a virtual “walk” across the United States and show that “Recovery Is Everywhere” with special lawn signs and a t-shirt. For more information about all activities, visit https://minnesotarecovery.org/2020-walk-for-recovery/.
Founded in 2010, Minnesota Recovery Connection is a grassroots Recovery Community Organization dedicated to mobilizing resources within and outside of the recovery community to increase the prevalence and quality of long-term recovery from substance use disorder. Minnesota Recovery Connection is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that strengthens Minnesota’s recovery community through peer-to-peer support services, public education, and advocacy and is the host of the annual Walk for Recovery, Recovery Advocacy Seminar and Recovery Day at the Capitol. To learn more about Minnesota Recovery Connection please visit our website, www.minnesotarecovery.org
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