Local Organization Celebrates National Recovery Month –

“As a person in recovery myself, I find it so helpful to have resources, we’re all coming together,” said Cat Tressler, Peer Recovery Specialist at On Our Own.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, rates of drug overdoses have increased across the country, which is fueled by the stress and isolation of people living with substance use disorders.

“Everyone would have someone in their life who has been impacted by substance use,” said Rebecca Kendall, director of the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition.

According to the CDC, the United States has more than 100,000 overdose deaths per year.

“Substance use really affects us all,” Kendall said.

Virginia alone saw a 42% increase, with an average of four people dying from overdoses per day, according to Region-10.

Leaders say opioids and other drugs are not the only problem, alcohol consumption has also increased.

On Thursday evening, the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition hosted a fair and documentary film screening at Ix Park.

Everything to celebrate September as National Recovery Month.

“National Recovery Month is a time to celebrate the millions of Americans who are making changes in their lives to help address the harmful effects of substance use in their lives,” Kendall said.

Organizations and outlets that provide free resources and peer support.

“So we basically take care of each other,” Nina Burke said with On Our Own.

“It’s just about using your own story to help others who are going through it at this time,” Tressler said.

To help those struggling, several local organizations offer free resources like Narcan and help with recovery.

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