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5K to raise awareness about recovery from drug use, mental health disorders – SWTImes

Harbor House, a group that fights addiction in the area, is having a 5K in September to raise awareness about recovery from mental health and drug use disorders. 
The Race for Recovery 5K is the seventh of its kind and will take place at 8 a.m. Sept. 18 at Ben Geren Regional Park. The organization did not have a 5K last year because of the pandemic. 
The money from the event will go toward Gateway Recovery Center’s women’s services, said Katie Priest, a prevention assistant with Harbor House. 
The event is a part of National Recovery Month, which was started by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 
“We want people to start having a conversation about what National Recovery Month is,” Priest said. 
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Through the event, Harbor House is hoping to reduce the stigma surrounding seeking help for drug use and mental health disorders, enforcing the reality that people do recover from these issues, said Tabitha Fondren, the multi-region coordinator for Harbor House.
Many people who attend the 5K do so in support of family members who have struggled with drug use or mental health disorders. Others run in the race to qualify for more advanced races. 
Other organizations will be present at the race as well including Celebrate Recovery, a Christian group that helps people with “hurts, habits and hangups” as well as Narcotics Anonymous. 
It is free for organizations to set up at the race unless they are selling products, and then they have to pay a fee to the park, Fondren said. 
At the event, the organization will have information about how to get involved with Harbor House and with its youth group RAAD, which stands for Rise Above Alcohol & Drugs. 
RAAD operates primarily through the school system, and its goal is “to help empower the youth to lead a healthy lifestyle basically,” said Jadyn McGrew, a regional lead representative for RAAD. 
The 5K needs volunteers. People who would like to volunteer with the 5K can contact Priest at [email protected]


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