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INDIANAPOLIS – Millions of Americans experience a mental or substance use disorder yet feel isolated and alone. Support is essential to recovery, so it’s important that family members and community have the tools to start conversations about prevention, treatment, and recovery. Too many people are still unaware that prevention works and that mental and substance use disorders can be treated, just like other health problems.

“I learned how to change my thinking so that I don’t have to struggle anymore. I didn’t know what self-compassion was until coming to PACE. When I think about the difference this organization has made on my life I cry tears of joy. Utilizing my support system at PACE has been an extraordinary blessing. PACE gave me the tools but I had to be the one to use them.” – Kay, PACE Recovery Resource Center Participant

Mental and substance use disorders affect people of all ethnicities, genders, geographic regions, and socioeconomic levels, and they need to know that help is available. These individuals can get better, both physically and emotionally, with the support of a welcoming community. That’s why we’re hosting our annual Recovery Celebration, an outdoor event, on Saturday, September 19, 2020, which begins at 10 AM.

In order to enhance protection and prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will be promoting healthy behaviors recommended by the CDC that reduce spread including practicing social distancing by providing physical guides to ensure individuals remain at least 6 feet apart, requiring the use of face coverings for organizers, vendors, and attendees, and have access to restrooms with running water for handwashing.

In addition to a variety of educational and entertaining events to honor individuals and families who are in long-term recovery, we are also pleased to once again co-host the Shackleford Steps with Recovery 5K Walk with Indiana State Martindale-Brightwood Representative, Chair of the Indiana Black Legislative Black Caucus, and Ranking Minority Member of the State’s Public Health Committee Robin Shackleford.

Our goal is to share more about PACE’s Recovery Resource Center, a collaborative initiative dedicated to providing a central point of information for substance use treatment and recovery supports, and how you can get involved. We hope that you will be available to join us to help us reach parents, educators, policymakers, and business leaders with the important message that addiction is a health issue – not a crime.

What: Recovery Month Celebration & Shackleford Steps with Recovery 5K Walk
Who:
 Public Advocates in Community re-Entry (PACE) & State Representative Robin Shackleford
When: 
Saturday, September 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM
Where: 
PACE front lawn, 2855 N Keystone Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46218
How: Register to participate as an individual or team at www.paceindy.org/national-recovery-month. Sponsorship and exhibitor registration is also available.

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About PACE:
Founded in 1960, Public Advocates in Community re-Entry (PACE) is a nonprofit organization located in Indianapolis, Indiana and provides a variety of services to persons previously incarcerated and their families to lead productive and responsible lives in their community. Our vision is to ensure that people returning to the community from incarceration have the tools and resources to successfully re-enter; to promote public safety through effective re-entry; and to enhance community stabilization through reduced crime and increased productiveness.

PACE’s Recovery Resource Center is a collaborative initiative dedicated to providing a central point of information for substance use treatment and recovery supports. Learn more at www.paceindy.org/recovery.

 

Media contact:

Kelly Myint | Director of Operations | kmyint@paceindy.org

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