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Recovery Is Happening hosts 8th annual Recovery Run

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -

An organization that advocates for, supports and celebrates people recovering from addiction hosted a run Saturday morning, in the hopes of raising awareness of different support services in Southeast Minnesota.

As part of National Recovery Month, Recovery Is Happening hosted the eighth Annual "We Won't Stay Silent" Recovery Run at the RCTC Field House.

The run aims to support people working to overcome their addictions, and draw attention to prevention, treatment and recovery support services.

The run also celebrates real-life examples of people in recovery, like Erin Roberts and Vanessa Carrillo.

"You don't have to keep struggling. As hard as addiction is to overcome, it's possible. Like we are living proof that it's possible to live in recovery and to be happy and grateful for our lives today," said Carrillo.

"It's all about support. Addiction is not something you can conquer on your own," said Roberts. 

Understanding that need for support was Executive Director of Recovery Is Happening Tiffany Hunsley.

"We really hope that we can be used as resource to help people to connect to the treatment centers, the sober living homes and the other programs that are offered throughout our community," she said. "This year, if you look at the statistics that came out from the Center of Disease Control, 72,000 people lost their lives in 2017 from overdoses."

Hunsley suffered from addiction for 30 years. Then she recovered, and founded Recovery Is happening to help others.

"I now can be a part of society again. I don't have to be fearful of authority and I can get a job and stay clean and like move forward in my future, and not have to be afraid all the time, fearful all the time for my life," said Roberts.

Hunsley said Recovery Is Happening received grant funding that allowed them to start a program called ROAM, or Recovery On A Mission. The program helps combat the opioid epidemic, by offering help to addicts from people who have been in their situation.

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