Recovery Resource Fair coming to Huntsville

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An estimated 21 million people a year are in need of substance abuse treatment in the United States. 

September is now “National Recovery Month” and a local organization is putting on a major event to help those in the Huntsville area who may be battling addiction. 

Partnership for a Drug-Free Community has organized tobacco, alcohol and drug prevention education and programming for over 30 years. Tuesday, they’ll host a Recovery Resource Fair to offer help for those who may be struggling. We met with Wendy Reeves. She agreed to show us what visitors should expect. 

Mayor Tommy battle recently signed the month of September into law as National Recovery Month in the city of Huntsville and this organization was instrumental in making that happen. 

Partnership for a Drug-Free Community’s Wendy Reeves gave us a tour of the facility. She says that this is the first time that the organization is putting on anything this large. Reeves says, “A panel of all the recovery resources will be here. We heard from families that they’re having trouble putting all these pieces together so we’re bringing all the help under one roof.”

Starting at 5 p.m., treatment providers will have booths set up with representatives who can answer questions about the types of resources available in the area and how to access services.

Starting at 5 p.m., treatment providers will have booths set up with representatives who can answer questions about the types of resources available in the area and how to access services.

At 6 p.m., Pastor Dave Draper, who is also a Partnership Board member, will share his personal recovery story.

Following the program, participants will have until 7:30 p.m. to visit different resource providers for information and guidance.

Reeves says that the organization has reached out to the community to provide a wide variety of sources of help for those who may be battling addiction and their loved ones. She says, “We’ll have at least 19 booths available, and people who are ready and willing to help… all for people who need them.” 

Reeves adds that free toiletry kits for those who need them will be available as well. 

The event will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Partnership’s office, located at the One Stop Shop of Community Services, 2201 Clinton Ave. W., at the intersection of Clinton and Seminole. Parking will be available across the street at the Rocket City Credit Union.

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