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Showtime comedian Mark Lundholm joins other support activities

PROVO, UTAH (August 29, 2011) -- A special event will be held to celebrate those recovering from addiction to alcohol and drugs on September 9th and 10th. Recovery Day, sponsored by the Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness (USARA) [and the Utah County Division of Substance Abuse] will feature family-friendly activities design to support those both in and those that have completed treatment.

Saturday, September 10, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., families are invited to the Historic Utah County Courthouse (100 South and University, Provo) for educational exhibits, success stories, pony rides, a reptile petting zoo, musical entertainment, a bounce castle, face painting and a climbing wall. An outdoor dance with live music will take place from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Also part of the celebration, Mark Lundholm --Showtime comedian and recovery addict -- will perform on September 9th at 7:30 p.m. at Utah Valley University's Ragan Theater. Lundholm has performed off-Broadway, nationally and internationally as well as on Comedy Central and A&E. He will share his own story of addiction and recovery, and a portion of the proceeds will go the USARA's Utah County chapter.

Pamela Higgins, USARA [national] board member and a Utah County chair, said this community event will highlight the positive steps that thousands are taking to overcome addictions from alcohol, prescription drugs, and other harmful substances. "Because of cultural norms, many in our community suffer from addictions and may have difficulty seeking help," she said. "With compassion and understanding, we want to help others see they have options and show them pathways to success."

Addiction treatment programs in Utah County are highly successful. Richard Nance, Utah County's Division of Substance Abuse director, said "Utah County Substance Abuse treatment outcomes as a whole are responsible for an eight-fold decrease in criminal behavior among clients participating in treatment." He points out that the completion rate for felony drug court -- where clients go into treatment programs rather than into the criminal system and jail time -- is 73 percent. Only 11 percent of drug court clients have a subsequent legal charge.

Only fivee percent of Family Drug Court participants had new drug related charges after completing that program and only ten percent had a new child welfare case brought against them. In 2010, no Utah County parents participating in the Family Drug Court Program had their parental rights terminated.

Recovery Day is an official celebration that takes place every September on a national, state or city level, supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in Washington, D.C. .