BY NICOLE SMITH
Capstone Rural Health Center is inviting the community together to celebrate recovery from alcohol or drugs.
Living Proof: We Recover Better Together will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, from noon to 3 p.m. at the soccer field of Jasper Memorial Park.
The free event, in conjunction with National Recovery Month, will feature guest speakers and testimonies from those who have recovered from addiction or are in recovery.
"We are very passionate about not only doing primary care but also serving that population that is needing to go to recovery or have recovered from opioid or drug or alcohol abuse," Capstone Operations Director Amber Elswick said. "This event is basically a celebration, to celebrate those that have come out of addiction, that are currently in recovery, or if there's anybody that wants more information on the resources in Walker County to help them if they want to get into recovery."
There will be recovery and memory boards at the event for people to post pictures or list names of those who have lost their battle with addiction or who have overcome addiction.
Towards the end of the event, a moment of silence and a prayer will be held to remember lives lost and pray for those fighting addictions and those in recovery.
There will also be a photo booth, live music, a kids zone and door prizes at the event.
Elswick said those in need will also have an opportunity to receive free food and clothing. Boxes of food will be available, and guests will be able to shop from a clothes closet, free of charge.
"A lot of those that are going through recovery may not have the extra funds to buy new clothes. Sometimes you lose or gain weight," Elswick said. "We just want them to have something new and nice to help them through the process."
The Mercy Project, Fellowship House from Birmingham, Fritz Clinic, The Awakening Recovery Program, and other vendors will be set up at the event to provide visitors with information on recovery programs.
"It's a time to show Walker County that there are resources, and we can overcome this," Elswick said.
For more information about the event, call Capstone's Paige Britton at 205-686-6281.
Outside of hosting a recovery event, Capstone provides some year-round services for those battling addiction or for people needing emotional support.
Capstone offers tobacco cessation classes and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings at the Capstone Rural Health Center in Parrish, as well as AA meetings at the Jasper Housing Authority Haley Apartment Complex. Those interested should call Britton at 205-686-6281.
Capstone also has an anxiety support group at the clinic in Parrish. Tina Woods may be called for more information at 205-724-9039.