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Recovery Rally brings people together in support of overcoming addiction

In the face of an opioid addiction epidemic sweeping the nation, the Greater Lafayette community came together to celebrate addiction recovery on Saturday.

Posted: Sep 15, 2018 7:06 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - In the face of an opioid addiction epidemic sweeping the nation, the Greater Lafayette community came together to celebrate addiction recovery on Saturday.

The Tippecanoe Celebration of Recovery Rally held at Columbian Park brought together local resources and supporters together.

Members from the SURF Center and Mediation Recovery attended the event. They shared more about why they are invested in this issue.

“Meditating really helps to increase our awareness of what we are doing that's not working for us anymore, things that get us stuck in our addiction and so the results are quite amazing after just a few weeks or months,” said Lynn Johal, who works with Recovery Mediation.

Recovery Mediation operates out of the SURF center. Johal said they offer several different types of mediation, including sessions based on different religions such as Christianity and Buddhism.

She said this meditation helps fulfill the 11th step in the recovery process, a step she said many recovering addicts don’t pay enough attention to.

Cathy G., who works at the SURF Center, said as a recovering addict herself, it’s important for her to help others going through the same struggles she did.

“To be able to help others is very meaningful to me because it has made such a drastic change in my life and I want to be able to give away what has freely been given to me,” she said.

Several others who attended are those who have recovered themselves from addiction.

Johnna Bryant is celebrating two years of continuous clean time. She got tears in her eyes as she toler her story.

She said after the loss of her nephew to a heroin overdose, she found the motivation she needed to overcome her own addiction.

She called all those who attended the event today her family. Mediation and support from this large family help her stay on track.

“It's just amazing the family that you gain, the true friends that you gain,” she said. “How they lift you up, keep you going and when you are struggling you can reach out and say hey, I need help today.”

It's events like this that show there are people in our community who want to fight this battle.

The SURF Center,  Bauer Family Resources, and Alcoholics Anonymous all provided their resources at Saturday’s event.

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