CCBC Dundalk group to host community Recovery Fair
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 13:10

Inaugural event marks National Recovery Month

 by Nicole Rodman

    Substance abuse impacts many lives across the community.
    In an effort to raise awareness and provide resources for those living with substance abuse, CCBC Dundalk and One Voice Dundalk will host a recovery fair at the college.
    The fair, called Recovery Benefits Everyone!, will be held in the College Community Center’s student lounge on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    According to Ted McCadden, assistant professor of Chemical Dependency Counseling, the event is a celebration of National Recovery Month.
    Each September since 1989, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has observed National Recovery Month.
    According to the SAMHSA website, the monthlong event “spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.”
    McCadden is hoping to spread this message during the Recovery Benefits Everyone! event at CCBC Dundalk.
    “‘Recovery Benefits Everyone!’ is a celebration of recovery in the Dundalk community and seeks to provide linkages to resources for community members whose lives are impacted by substance use,” he explained last week.

The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary coffee and pastries will be available in the morning and lunch will be provided for the first 50 participants who view The Anonymous People — a documentary on the stigma of addiction.
    In addition to the documentary screening, the fair will include a panel discussion with peer recovery specialists and individuals who are in recovery.
    The fair will also include information on local resources for people living with substance abuse.
    Recovery Benefits Everyone! is being hosted by One Voice Dundalk, a local recovery center, and CCBC Dundalk’s Active Minds.
    As McCadden — who is faculty advisor for the group — explained, Active Minds is a student organization that “seeks to empower students to change the perception about mental health on the college campus.”
    “The members of our chapter are passionate in their charge to raise awareness of both mental health and substance use in the Dundalk community,” he explained.
    “We feel that through education and empowerment, the community can heal from within.”
    Attendees do not need to pre-register, however, space is limited. Lunch will be limited to the first 50 attendees.
    For more information, contact Ted McCadden at 443-840-3783.