Throughout the month of September, people in recovery are learning and gaining a greater understanding that they are not alone.  All across the country, agencies are celebrating the achievements within the recovery community and their family and friends.  Mobile, Alabama joined that nationwide effort in a bold way.

The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama along with its partner agencies including Alabama Power Service Organization, the Drug Education Council and others came together to host Coastal Alabama’s inaugural Recovery Walk.

The day began with a free breakfast at the Salvation Army Area Command.  Mobile fitness trainer, Richard Bonham offered words of hope for walkers before the walk began.  Many years ago, Bonham came through the doors of the Salvation Army as an addict.  He received treatment and is now in recovery himself, several years clean.

After a quick stretch, walkers grabbed signs with hopeful messages and statistics on recovery.  Walkers consisted of people in recovery, their family members and friends.  The walk was aimed at raising awareness and ridding the stigma of people in recovery from addiction.  After the two mile walk through downtown Mobile, everyone gathered back at the Area Command for a group photo and received gift bags from Alabama Power Service Organization.

The Coastal Alabama Recovery Walk also helped showcase the Salvation Army drug and alcohol treatment programs.  Clients who participate in the programs either live at the Area Command or receive outpatient treatment.  As part of many of the programs clients are encouraged to seek and maintain employment and develop constructive and positive life skills and a little spiritual guidance they’ll need after they complete their treatment and enter the recovery phase.

This year’s Coastal Alabama Recovery Walk has been a huge success and next year is expected to be even bigger.  The Salvation Army thanks all of its supporters who made it a memorable event.

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