ST. GEORGE – Community members from all walks of life gathered in the St. George Town Square Thursday afternoon to celebrate recovery and join the fight against addiction at Southwest Utah Recovery Day.
St. George City Councilman Jon Pike and Dan Murphy, host of “My Last Call with Dan Murphy,” a local radio talk show dealing with addiction and recovery, delivered opening remarks. Murphy later said he has observed that acceptance of seeking help for addiction is growing and the topic is becoming less taboo. Also, he said the need to reach out to returning veterans, many of whom face the challenges of dependence on various addictive substances along with many readjustment issues, is paramount.
Local recovery advocates Peggy Ann and Tom, who work with Southern Utah’s Narcotics and Alcoholics Anonymous groups, helped organize the event.
“Recovery Day has grown so much since (the inaugural event) four years ago,” Peggy Ann said. “Actively supporting the recovery of other people helps maintain our own healthy lifestyle choices.”
Held under breathtaking clear blue skies, the event also featured live music from The Psychotropix, informational booths and family activities. The mission of Recovery Day is to promote awareness of addiction and recovery in an educational and uplifting forum.
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Ed. note: Following the lead of Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous and like recovery groups, an exception is made in this report to including full names of those in recovery, granting us input on their personal experiences with this sensitive issue.
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