A new recovery movement is being organized at the local, provincial and federal level, aiming to keep the focus on how recovery works and makes life better for millions of Canadians. Recovery Day aims to put a face and a voice on those who have found the solution. By sharing success stories, organizers hope those who are still suffering can see that recovery is possible.

Along with 30 other cities across Canada, Lloydminster is rallying on Saturday, September 7 to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of addiction in the community. As shown in the 2017 Lloydminster Needs Assessment (2017), 57.7% of respondents felt addiction is a high importance issue in the community—making it the highest rated issue in Lloydminster. In addition, 43.2% of respondents stated they had family or friends who were impacted by addiction. Recovery Day’s purpose is to break through the stigma and show the community that help is available, and life in recovery is possible.

There will be representation from 12-Step and Non-12 Step Support Groups, treatment centres, the health regions, local counsellors and wellness coaches. Through this, organizers hope to inspire the 1 in 5 Canadians who suffer from addiction find the recovery path that is best suited for them.

Recovery Day this year will take place at Weaver Park Campground from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Last year’s event saw over 100 people celebrating life in recovery. Everyone is welcome to this family-friendly event featuring a breakfast, music, stories of recovery and local support group information. If you wish to participate in Recovery Day as a speaker, volunteer, or exhibitor, please visit the Recovery Day YLL Facebook page for more information or contact Recovery Day YLL at recoverydayyll@gmail.com or amanda@residentsinrecovery.com.