Community members from across Steuben County will share their personal experiences, raise awareness and show support for people who are struggling with a substance use disorder at the second annual Speakerfest in Bath on September 17.
The event looks to reduce the stigma associated with the disorder, encourage those who are struggling with substance use to seek treatment and celebrate the lives saved by personal perseverance and support.
“Everyone can play a role in recovery when it comes to addiction,” said Connie Terry, Steuben Prevention Coalition Opioid Committee Coordinator . “You can reach out if you think you or someone you know has a substance use disorder. Talk to your family members, friends or your healthcare provider.
“Right here in Steuben County there are evidence-based treatment programs and many other resources available to help guide you or a loved one into recovery.”
Speakerfest will take place from noon – 3 pm Sept. 17 in Pulteney Square as a part of National Recovery Month and serves an important purpose in battling the stigma that often goes with substance abuse.
“Substance use disorder is a medical condition, not a moral failing,” Terry said. “As a community, we should be supportive. Recovery from addiction is possible.
“According to the US National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 75 percent of people addicted to alcohol or other drugs recover to the point that substance abuse no longer dominates their lives. Treatment works. Support is essential.”
Speakerfest, set for 12 p.m. until 3 p.m. on September 17 in Pulteney Square in Bath is sponsored by Addiction Awareness of Steuben County and the Steuben Prevention Coalition Opioid Committee.