Recovery in the Park offers warm embrace

September 16, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — Saturday’s Recovery in the Park event was both a celebration and a message, according to organizers.

It’s a celebration of people’s recovery: not just from drugs and alcohol, but also from such challenges as giving birth, unhealthy eating or the loss of a loved one, Karole Finkelstein said.

The message is “you’re not alone.”

“We want them to feel the warmness and the compassion of the community,” Finkelstein said.

The event, now in its eighth year, included the fun activities expected at a celebration: games, line dancers, bounce houses, hot dogs and other goodies and prizes.

Also present were vendors offering assistance of all kinds, from tips on where to find counseling to information on disposing of unwanted prescription drugs.

The resources, Finkelstein said, are for those struggling through crises, those trying to help loved ones through crises or those seeking to prevent others, such as children, from making dangerous choices.

Finkelstein’s group, the Mohave Area Partnership Promoting Educated Decisions, was among many attacking drug abuse. She said that the turnout this year was above last year’s, which she attributed partly to a growing realization that the country and Arizona have an opioid epidemic, and a desire by citizens to get involved in finding solutions.

The hundreds of children in attendance, she said, are key targets in the fight against substance abuse and parents can talk to children of any age about addiction, using appropriate language.

Lori Mallinger attended Recovery in the Park with the hope of helping a relative. She said she was hoping to network with others and see if she could talk to someone familiar with a treatment program her relative is considering.

Dam Miller of the Lifestyle Medicine Institute talked about the links between various health issues and diets that are commonly too high in sugar, salt and fat.

“They’re very addictive, and hidden in a lot of foods,” he said.

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