September is recognized as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. Members, friends and allies of MRN gathered in St. Louis on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2007 to celebrate the reality of recovery from alcohol and other drug addictions.
Close to 400 people gathered to celebrate recovery and to watch the St. Louis Cardinals play the Houston Astros. The event was planned to help bring public awareness that thousands of Missourians are in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.
Those in long term recovery are living proof that recovery is possible and there are real solutions to the public health crisis of addiction. The weather was great with a clear sky (much different from last year), the Cardinals won 4-3, and fun was had by all. When the Astros hit a two run homerun in the top of the 9th, many thought the game was over. But the Cards fought back getting three runs in the bottom of the 9th.
Two victories were celebrated that evening, the victory over addiction called RECOVERY and the Cardinals 4-3 victory. The MRN was recognized on the big stadium screen, on the stadium message text board, and also on the air with KTRS. Rally for Recovery and No Shame in Recovery banners were displayed in our section during the game.
The MRN wishes to thank all those who supported this event by purchasing tickets and being a part of this celebration. Together we can change the focus from the illness of addiction to honoring the hope, healing, and reality of recovery!