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Recovery Palooza Comes to Grand Rapids.

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Once again, it’s time for Recovery Palooza! It will be held Saturday, September 19th at John Ball Park. The event is the fourth annual celebration of substance abuse recovery. It is held every September to observe National Drug and Alcohol Addiction Recovery Month. This is an important time for Michigan because 9.38% of Michigan citizens 12 years of age and older have experienced a substance-use disorder within the past year.1 The day long-event will include live music, family fun activities, good food, and the chance to learn about local resources that help support recovery from substance use disorders.

Last year the event hosted 1,200 people and the expectation is for just as many and more this year. Who puts this on? You might be surprised to learn that Recovery Palooza is pulled off every year by volunteers. Most come from the recovery community, representing area treatment providers and other supporting organizations. Others are simply dedicated community volunteers, working to make Grand Rapids the best it can be.

“We work together to present this event to the community because the topic of recovery matters to everyone,” says Tina Dee, Recovery Palooza Volunteer Relations Coordinator. “Substance use disorders do not discriminate; they affect everyone regardless of socio-economic status, education, or age. This event increases awareness of recovery from substance use disorders, which in turn creates a stronger and healthier community.”

So if you would like to come out and be educated about substance use disorders or to show support for someone close to you or even just to have a good, mark Saturday the 19th on your calendars and come down to Recovery Palooza.

1 United States Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services


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