Vigil of Hope Combats Stigmas of Substance Abuse Deaths
Presque Isle State Park's Rotary Pavilion became a place to remember loved ones lost to substance abuse Wednesday afternoon. People were able to gather together to be with others who have lost somebody or has gone through an addiction themselves.
At the vigil, people were encouraged to paint stones in honor of those who have passed. The stones will later be used to create a larger picture that will commemorate those who have been lost and those who are still battling substance abuse.
Vicki Church was helping with today's vigil and she is a recovering addict. She has been in recovery for four years and says it's something anybody can do if they take the first step. "If you know that you need help, ask for it. There are so many people out there that are willing to help you and there's a lot of help out here," she said, "it's a battle and it's hard, but when you have support and you have good boundaries and everything in place, you can make it."
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