WHEELING – There is always hope for anyone with drug addiction to succeed in this challenge, supporters said on Saturday.
The Youth Services System Community Impact Coalition hosted “Day of Hope,” celebrated Saturday at Wheeling’s Center Market.
“People can recover from addiction and actually recover from addiction,” said Valery Staskey, Addiction Project Coordinator for YSS. “Healing is both possible and joyful.
Saturday’s events began with a concert at Center Market, followed by interfaith service at Center Market Fellowship Church and an addiction recovery rally outside of Center Market.
Rabbi Joshua Lief of Temple Shalom, Reverend Nancy Woodworth-Hill of Lawrencefield Parish Church, Reverend Erica Harley of Vance Memorial Presbyterian Church and Reverend Jake Steele of Christ United Methodist Church spoke at the interfaith service. Woodworth-Hill reiterated Staskey’s message that recovery from addiction is always possible.
“It takes a community (to get there),” she said. “I have seen people’s lives change and I know that hope and action are possible.
Lief said the addiction challenge is a public safety issue for the community.
“It’s an economic problem because it hurts productivity, and more so it’s a moral problem,” he said. “We need to take care of our neighbors and help them find the path to recovery. “
Harley told those in attendance that “in order to win the lottery” to overcome drug addiction or achieve anything in life, they must first “buy a ticket” and commit to doing the work that needs to be done. .
“Recovery is difficult,” she said. “But the people who do it faithfully do it and deserve our faith and our admiration.”
Steele said Saturday’s “Day of Hope” events were an opportunity to bring the community together “and show solidarity with those struggling with drug addiction.”
“And if there is a community that would do it, it must be the church,” he said.