Addiction recovery events planned
By AMELIA HARPER
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
September is National Recovery Month and local organizations are hosting three events this week to educate the public and support people recovering from substance use disorders.
Nash Community College will host a Recovery Celebration Fair from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Midway Cafe for NCC students only. About 15 service providers and community agencies supporting local recovery efforts will be in attendance showcasing their services. The Nash County Health Department also will be providing confidential HIV, hepatitis C and syphilis screenings at no cost to students 18 years old or older.
The Recovery Celebration Fair will focus on the NCC Collegiate Recovery Program, which honors all recovery pathways. said Marbeth Holmes, director of student wellness at Nash Community College. The Collegiate Recovery Program is open to any NCC student who is clean and sober on the day they sign up and who have a desire for recovery. The group meets twice a week at the college but the Student Wellness Center also provides both one-on-one trauma-informed clinical services.
From 6 to 9 p.m., events on the Nash Community College Campus will open up to the public. All interested community members are invited to attend the showing of “Chasing the Dragon: the Life of an Opioid Addict,” which will be followed by a panel discussion. These events will be held in Benvenue Hall, which is located next to the opening for the Campus Bookstore.
The panel will feature Nashville Police Chief Thomas Bashore of the Hope Initiative; Amanda Flory of Coastal Plain Hospital and chairwoman of the Coalition for Addiction and Recovery Education; Kathy Quinn, whose son Austin, a former NCC student, died of a heroin overdose; Owen E, a Nash Community College student in recovery; and Heather Moore of the Anchor's Hold, a community family support group. These events will be hosted by C.A.R.E. of Nash County, Nash Community College Student Wellness, the Anchor Holds and the Hope Initiative.
The Anchor Holds will be holding its second annual Nash County Recovery from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Glover Memorial Park in Nashville. The three-hour event will feature live music, guest speakers, food and family-friendly activities. Other support networks will also be on hand with addiction recovery resources.