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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Opens Up About Addiction During Lowell Event

September 25, 2018

LOWELL -- Recounting his personal struggle with alcoholism and the way treatment enabled his political career, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh on Tuesday urged those grappling with addiction to believe in their potential.

Walsh was one of the speakers at Lowell House’s annual breakfast celebrating recovery, attended by hundreds of substance-abuse experts, political leaders and community members. The event was held at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center.

“For the people in this room that are in recovery or early recovery: you can do whatever you want, but you’ve just got to work at this program a day at a time,” Walsh said. “Life gets better.”

Lowell House, which offers various forms of therapy, residential treatment and outpatient programs for those with addiction, invited Walsh based on his work as Boston’s mayor to improve services and also because of his background.

Walsh described himself as an alcoholic in Tuesday’s remarks, explaining that the disease “brought (him) to (his) knees” in 1995 and prompted him to seek help. Two years after entering recovery, Walsh was elected state representative, and in 2013, he won the race to become Boston’s mayor.

The Lowell House event also welcomed two of its residents, Dan Rondeau and Lauren Spector, to share their experiences in recovery as well as Michael Botticelli, a former director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy who himself spoke openly about his addiction.

“Your journey in recovery, no matter how long you’re in recovery, is about walking through your fears,” Botticelli said.

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