Recovery & Opioid Addiction Rally: September 17th
SKOWHEGAN - The month of September is National Recovery Month sponsored by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration). The goal of National Recovery Month is to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness and substance use disorders and celebrate that people can recover.
ROAR, the Recovery & Opioid Addiction Resource is a group of local citizens dedicated to celebrating recovery and honoring lives lost. ROAR is coordinating a public rally on Monday, September 17th at 6:00 pm in Skowhegan at Coburn Park. The ROAR Rally is the first such event in the Skowhegan area and will focus on people in recovery from a substance use disorder and their friends and families that are there to support that recovery. Speakers will share stories of their journey to recovery and stories of supporting loved ones in the hope they will find that recovery. The rally will conclude with a candlelight vigil; luminaries, one for every life lost in Somerset County to an overdose since 2010. This lighting will honor those who lost their lives and those who have lost those loved ones. Participants will be invited to join together in a walk around the lighted park to remember our shared loss and experience the power of a community coming together to promote prevention of death through recovery.
ROAR is sponsored by the Somerset Expansion for Addiction Care Collaborative (SEACC) and is part of SEACC’s broader efforts to expand medication assisted treatment in Somerset County. SEACC is led by Kennebec Behavioral Health in collaboration with Skowhegan Family Medicine, Somerset Primary Care, and Crisis and Counseling and is funded through the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF).
ROAR members - as people in recovery, want to share why this rally matters to them: “Because it’s time to let go of the shame and stigma attached to opioid addiction”; “people need not to forget those who have died, but need to have continued hope for recovery.” A treatment provider specializing in substance use disorders shared that “residents of Somerset County need to know that treatment works and recovery happens…Not every person is dying from substances; a lot of people are in recovery.”
ROAR members invite everyone who wants to be a part of this rally to attend as “it’s our community, people in recovery need to share, because recovery saves lives.” Come join us in the possibilities of recovery.
Check out the ROAR flyer!