Hundreds participate in ASAP Coalition's Recovery Walk in Niles
Hundreds of people came out to Eastwood Field in Niles to participate in the annual Recovery Walk held by the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention.
About 800 people registered for the walk and supported the Rally for Recovery held Saturday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Lauren Thorp, ASAP's project director, says the event is held to celebrate recovery month.
"We do this just so we can show our recovery community that they are supported," Thorp said. "A lot of times we hear a lot of negative stigma about addiction and sometimes that can make it hard - hard to stay in recovery, hard to get into recovery, when you have these negative thoughts."
At the event free Narcan was given out and free haircuts were available.
Thorp recommends reaching out for help when struggling with addiction, and emphasizes that those struggling are not alone.
"When people need help, they shouldn't have to do it alone," Thorp said. "We have peer supporters, there's Help Network Hotline where people can call and get help anytime."
The Help Network Hotline is available to those in Northeast Ohio, and offers help with a variety of issues.
The ASAP Coalition is a project of the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board and works to solve the community's substance abuse problems, according to their website.