Sept. 8 is Recovery Day here in Canada.
Last year, Mayor Gregor Robertson of Vancouver signed a proclamation officially claiming Sept. 30 to be Recovery Day and Vancouver hosted their very first Recovery Day. This day resonated with many people and cities across Canada (Vancouver, Halifax, Nanaimo, Victoria, Kelowna, Toronto, Windsor, Fredericton, Kamloops, Regina, Edmonton, Calgary) have since joined in. Recovery Day acknowledges those who have moved beyond addiction.
It's a day of celebration. One which sends a powerful message of freedom and of hope.
David Berner, Executive Director of The Drug Prevention Network of Canada says, "One of the great beauties of Recovery Day is that no one compromises his or her anonymity. For far too long, people were hidden and closeted first in their addictions and then in their reclaiming of their dignity. Now people all over the world are standing up and proudly declaring, "I am grateful to be in recovery!" Nobody names a group or process or organization. Nobody describes in public how it happened or which door they first entered or to whom they first spoke to find again their true and decent selves. "I am in recovery." Plain and simple and true and empowering."
With many across Canada celebrating Recovery Day on Sept. 8, it's my wish we start looking beyond the problem of addiction, to the solution. Recovery. With addiction, just like any other disease, the sooner the problem is identified the more successful the outcome. Perhaps those of us showing our faces, may help others who still hide in secrecy. After all, there's no shame in getting well.
As a concerned Canadian citizen, I support this movement. As a recovering alcoholic, I say hallelujah.
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