The third annual Recovery Rally, again hosted by Wilkes Recovery Revolution, is Friday at the Carolina West Community Commons on Main Street in Wilkesboro.
“Together we are stronger” is the theme of the event, which runs from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The intent is to celebrate recovery and encourage individuals with substance use disorder to seek treatment and achieve a healthy, happy life, said Devin Lyall, founder and director of Wilkes Recovery Revolution.
“This event emphasizes that individuals in recovery and their support systems can be change agents in our communities,” Lyall said.
Substance use disorders can affect anyone, including people in Wilkes County, she explained. A recent study published by the Journal of American Medicine, classified 412 counties as “high-risk” and 1,485 as not “high-risk.” Among those, 41 of North Carolina’s 100 counties qualified as “high-risk,” with Wilkes County being one of the 41.
“Our community must remain vigilant and dedicated to the recovery process by helping people address these preventable and treatable conditions, and by supporting individuals in recovery, as well as their family members,” Lyall said.
Wilkes Recovery Revolution’s activities are part of National Recovery Month, which is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), she noted.
The event will include speakers, such as Richie Tannerhill with Addiction Professionals of North Carolina, sharing his lived experience as well as a message of hope for creating recovery ready communities. There will also be live music by artists in recovery.
Recovery advocates will be on-site and there will be community and recovery information booths, recovery merchandise for sale, food vendors and recovery activities.
“We hope to gather not only those in recovery, but our community as a whole,” Lyall said. “This is a family-friendly event and there will be activities to reach all ages.”
Bobby Billings will be hosting the music this year, with bands LeeD Not Follow and Revelations playing, along with several individuals in recovery taking the stage.
Company member dancers from Studio 68 will perform, with routines to motivational/ recovery-based music. A group from Wilkes Playmakers will be performing “Man in the Mirror” from a recent “back to the ‘80s” play.
Window World and Farm Bureau are this year’s event partners.
Platinum sponsors include The Health Foundation, Finley Properties, Midtown Garden, Anchor Coffee, Two Rivers Cinema, APNC, Wilkesboro CTC and The Ragg Company. Gold sponsors are Taupe Gallery and Northwest General Insurance. Silver sponsors are America’s Quick Lube and Edward Garvin and Tabitha Call. Bronze sponsors are Matt Daye, Surrey Bank and Mullins & Mullins Counseling.