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Recovery Day to Raise Awareness of Substance Use Disorders in Provo

(PROVO, September 7, 2010) -- More than 22 million people in the United States have been classified with substance use disorders in the past year, and an estimated thirty thousand people in Utah County alone are affected by addiction. To raise awareness of this disease and inform people of the available treatment and recovery resources, Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness will host a wellness fair at the Utah County Government Complex Plaza in Provo (100 E Center Street) on Saturday, September 18 from 3:00 until 7:00 pm.

The wellness fair is part of the 21st observance of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month), sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Now More Than Ever!,” intends to educate the general public as well as specific groups on how daily and increased stress can contribute to substance misuse, as well as the effectiveness of treatment and the possibility of recovery.

The fair will educate the community about substance use disorders, promote positive approaches to combating stress, and honor those living a healthy life in recovery. Free activities are for all ages and consist of a recovery resource fair, entertainment, pony rides, food and children’s activities. Keynote speakers, including Nathan Andersen, Jody Delaney, and Mike Jorgensen, will share their stories of overcoming addiction triggered by stressful situations, and their lives in long-term recovery. State Representative Becky Lockhart will be given an advocacy award for her work on substance abuse policy and funding initiatives. Booths will provide information on substance use prevention and treatment, stress management, and support groups.