Utica, New York  – Join Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. (CFLR) at its Annual Light of Hope Event Tuesday, August 31st at Bellamy Harbor Park in Rome, NY from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. The purpose of the Light of Hope event is for loved ones who have struggled with recovery or who lost their struggle with addiction, mental health, or suicide. This is CFLR’s way to recognize International Overdose Awareness Day and to celebrate Recovery.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people around the world are lost to overdoses. Others survive but suffer permanent injury, with devastating impact on their families and friends. The Mohawk Valley in Central New York is not immune. Most in our area have been affected in some way. For too long, the overdose crisis has been hidden in the shadows. International Overdose Awareness Day provides an opportunity for us to talk about and prevent overdose in our community. Knowing the real facts about drugs and what to do when you see someone experiencing an overdose saves lives. In Oneida County alone, there were 39 fatal overdoses in 2021, so far.

The Light of Hope event acknowledges the profound grief felt by families and friends whose loved ones have died or suffered permanent injury from a drug overdose. CFLR wants to spread the message about the tragedy of drug overdose death and that drug overdose is preventable.

The lighting ceremony includes the lighting of luminaries in honor or memory of loved ones and all procedures will go towards Erin’s Light. Luminaries will be available for purchase 1 for $5 or 3 for $10 and will be lit, lining the harbor in honor of a loved one who has struggled with recovery or who lost their struggle with addiction, mental health, or suicide.

Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. is proud to be the area’s leading expert for advocacy, prevention, counseling, and training. As a community partner, it is important that we continue, spreading the message of help and hope to our area and with those we work with.

Along with supporting individuals and families struggling with addiction, mental health, and behavioral issues, CFLR’s goal is to inspire hope, provide help, promote wellness and transform lives. The vision of CFLR is to be a leader in creating a world where people have the power to achieve and celebrate recovery.

To learn more, visit www.whenthereshelpthereshope.com or call (315) 733-1709 and ask for Fran Esposito or Katie Burns.

Lockwood Law

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