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DHS news release

Aug. 30, 2006

Contact: Jim Sellers 503-945-5738
Program contact: Claudia Wilcox 503-945-5765
Note: Contact information for local sponsors is available from Claudia Wilcox.

State's "Recovery Month" activities begin Monday on I-5 Columbia River bridge

A number of public events celebrating thousands of Oregonians' recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction will begin Monday with the fifth annual "Hands Across the Bridge" event on the Interstate 5 bridge between Portland and Vancouver.

Oregonians will gather for 10 a.m. ceremonies at Jantzen Beach Center (exit 308) and Washingtonians will gather west of the Inn at the Quay. They will form a human chain on the bridge at noon in an event sponsored by the Recovery Association Project.

Other events celebrating recovery and promoting treatment from addiction will occur throughout September in more than a dozen cities across the state.

"Most people know someone who has been affected by alcohol or other drugs," said Claudia Wilcox, policy and program development specialist in the Oregon Department of Human Services." Everyone is invited to participate in these celebrations of freedom from addiction -- whether they're in recovery, know someone who is in recovery or just want to see the power of recovery."

DHS provided mini-grants to qualifying organizations to help defray the cost of promoting DHS's goal of effective treatment of and recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. Among other events scheduled across Oregon as part of the 17th annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month:

Albany: A group called Community Helping Addicts Negotiate Change Effectively will hold a Sept. 9 barbecue with entertainment and speakers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Montieth Park to celebrate opening of a new recovery support facility.

Baker City: A Sept. 23 display featuring artwork created by recovering individuals will be staged in conjunction with the Baker City Fall Festival.

Beaverton: DHS child welfare clients, local providers and people in recovery are invited to a Sept. 15 picnic in Cedar Hills Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Coos Bay-North Bend: Coos County Mental Health will participate in the Sept. 16 Bay Area Fun Festival parade and sponsor a Sept. 23 "bowling for recovery" event at North Bend Lanes.

Cottage Grove: Family Relief Nursery will hold an awareness event with food, music and speakers at Coiner Park, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 27.

Eugene: Willamette Family Treatment Services will sponsor a Sept. 16 dance and celebration at the Eugene Hilton hotel at 7 p.m.

Heppner: Morrow Wheeler Behavioral Health will offer information about alcohol and other drug prevalence, treatment and recovery in conjunction with a Sept. 23 parenting speaker's presentation.

Hermiston: Umatilla County Commission on Children and Families will showcase recovery resources on Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hermiston Community Center.

McMinnville: Yamhill County Drug Court Alumni Association will hold a Sept. 23 Recovery Street Fair with food, music, games, arts, crafts and recovery information.

Medford: A Sept. 20 Recovery Fair that will include a "recovery wall" where individuals may write comments will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at Jackson County Circuit Court in the Justice Building at 100 South Oakdale.

Newport: Partnership Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse will provide public-awareness information in conjunction with a Sept. 29 public benefit concert that will include speakers who are in recovery.

Ontario: A Sept. 14 "Hands Around the Park" event will be held in Lions Park.

Pendleton: Umatilla County Alcohol and Drug Program plans to show the video "Drug Wars," present information and answer related questions four times during September.

Portland: Miracles, an African American recovery advocacy group, will sponsor a Sept. 16 dance, presentations and food from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at 4069 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Native American Rehabilitation Association will hold a Sept. 23 sobriety picnic for alumni and the community at the NARA Northwest residential facility, 17645 N.W. St. Helens Hwy. Information about substance abuse, cultural education and food and incentives will be available Sept. 8-15 and Sept. 18-29 at Intercultural Support Center, 1032 S.E. 35th Ave., and at Loaves and Fishes Fook-Lok meal program, 4937 S.E. 49th Ave. Asian Pacific American Consortium on Substance Abuse will hold a Sept. 17 event in Portland.

St. Helens: Columbia County Mental Health will assemble a recovery panel whose members will speak during a community dinner.

Salem: A Sept. 16 event is scheduled in Bush's Pasture Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. where people may visit 12 booths representing the principles of recovery, enjoy picnics and hear speakers and Native American drummers.

Siletz: The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians will hold a Sept. 6 "wellbriety" dinner, Run to the Rogue and recognition ceremony that is open to the community.

The Dalles: Wasco County Prevention Coalition will sponsor a speaker at Wahtonka High School and another event at the Discovery Center.

DHS is organizing the Salem event and supporting the others across the state as part of its effort to promote personal and public health by preventing and treating addiction.