Rally held to celebrate addiction recovery

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Hundreds came together in Dayton Sunday night to support recovering addicts and their families.

Families of Addicts, a nonprofit organization held its third annual Rally for Recovery at Courthouse Square downtown.

A large group of encouraging people gathered to serve an important purpose to make getting clean easier.

According to Brandi Wagner, a recovered drug addict, having a support team helps.

“I know I’m not alone. There’s support out here. I wish I would have had that two years ago when I went to go get clean,” Wagner said.

Lori Erion is the founder of F-O-A, Families of Addicts.

According to her the “Rally for Recovery” was put together three years ago to celebrate recovery and show addicts that it’s possible as well as to help them achieve it.

“It’s important that we do this so people know there’s hope. They need to know that people are getting better. We’re showing that this is a big problem, but we have solutions,” said Erion.

Ohio’s Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services claims unintentional overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the state. It’s something Erion said her organization is working to change.

“We focus on recovery. There’s a lot of people dying, but for everyone that’s dying there’s people living, too. That’s what we’re celebrating today,” she said.

For more information on FOA, visit its website http://www.foafamilies.org/

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