Recovery group hosts rally to provide resources for people struggling with addiction
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) – People from across the country made their way to Mount Sterling on Saturday, preparing for the annual rally to take over.
After a year and a half of the pandemic, organizers say these services are needed more than ever.
“We had both just gotten clean and part of our recovery is giving back to the next person,” said organizer Tony Barrett.
That’s why husband and wife Tony and Tabitha Barrett decided to kick off the event in 2019.
“Honestly, God has put on our hearts to do something. In the middle of the night I opened a Facebook page and was just hoping to draw some attention to the fact that there is help out there. And it snowballed, ”Tony said.
It started as the Recovery Montgomery County Facebook page, then grew into the annual Recovery Rally, and now they have their own office space in downtown Mt. Sterling. Help for anyone who needs and wants it is available, because as Barrett says, addiction doesn’t end at the county line, nor does recovery.
“We help people write resumes, applications, food stamps, medical care, peer support specialist on site. So whatever they really need, ”Tabitha Barrett said.
During the pandemic, rates of drug addiction and overdose have increased and are not slowing down yet. This means that their help is needed more than ever.
“It’s not just a drug addiction problem. It’s not just a recovery issue. It is a community problem. It’s a condition problem. And if we don’t come together as a community, reduce stigma, and have people reaching out, we won’t be able to make a difference. We cannot incarcerate to get out of this problem.
They say there are dozens of booths at the event, full of resources to help do just that.
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