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Rally for Recovery celebrates Idahoans overcoming addiction

When Kelley-Rae Green started her recovery from drugs and alcohol addiction 15 months ago, she didn’t know what resources were available to help her. Clean since then — after using meth, pot and alcohol since she was 12 years old — she came to the Rally for Recovery to show support for others. “Boise is awesome for recovery,” she says. “I couldn’t ask for a better life now.”
When Kelley-Rae Green started her recovery from drugs and alcohol addiction 15 months ago, she didn’t know what resources were available to help her. Clean since then — after using meth, pot and alcohol since she was 12 years old — she came to the Rally for Recovery to show support for others. “Boise is awesome for recovery,” she says. “I couldn’t ask for a better life now.” kjones@idahostatesman.com

About 300 hundred people gathered at the Capitol for the second annual “Rally for Recovery,” and then marched to Ann Morrison Park in an event called “Idaho Faces of Recovery.”

“It’s always been anonymous in the past,” said organizer Chris Thomas. “We want to change the face of recovery. (Addiction) hits your brother, your mother, your father, your sister, your cousin — we should not be ashamed.”

The event included face painting, a jump house, music, food and booths by more than two dozen businesses that deal with addiction or support people in recovery.

“To celebrate recovery because we all live with the disease of addiction,” says Thomas.

“I’m glad to just be alive at this point,” said Kelley-Rae Green, getting her photo taken. “I just want more awareness to get around about recovery.”

Nationally, September is recovery month. Boise’s event was sponsored by SHIP, Ignite208, Second Chance Building Materials Center and PEER Wellness Center.

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