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Features Health & Wellness Smokey Mountain Ride for Recovery Saturday

For those whose lives have been touched by addiction

The Smokey Mountain Ride for Recovery is an event designed to raise awareness about recovery from substance use disorders in Western North Carolina. This poker-style ride is being sponsored by The Coalition for Safe and Drug Free Cherokee County and will also help raise money for Mountain Projects’ WNC Teen Institute. Everyone is invited to attend this event and families are encouraged to participate. A recovery celebration will be held after the ride that will include food, guest speakers, games, prizes and a vigil to honor those that have lost their battle with a substance use disorder.

The Smokey Mountain Ride for Recovery will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and will last until 11 a.m. Participants may choose where to start their journey and maps will be available during registration. Participants are encouraged to visit as many sites as they can to receive a poker card and learn about recovery in Western North Carolina.

There five registration/pit stops for this ride:

Murphy - Christian Love Ministries Gift Shop, 2600 W US Hwy 64, Murphy

Franklin - Sapphire Inn, 761 E Main, Franklin, NC

Sylva - Jackson County Psychological Services, 98-D Cope Creek Rd., Sylva, NC

Cherokee - Food Lion, 16 Cherokee Crossing, Whittier, NC (off the Cherokee exit)

Bryson City - Appalachian Community Services, 100 Teptal Terrace, Bryson City

The Recovery Celebration will be held at the Swain Campus of Southwestern Community College at 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City.

Registration is $20 for drivers of cars and motorcycles and $10 for each rider accompanying a driver. Registered participants will receive lunch, a recovery ride t-shirt and be eligible to win door prizes during the Recovery Celebration.

For more information on The Smokey Mountain Ride for Recovery contact Patti Tiberi or find us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ride-4-Recovery/233371603377378.

The Coalition for Safe and Drug Free Cherokee County aims to reduce substance abuse among youth by addressing factors in our community that increase the risk of substance abuse and to promote factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.

Mountain Projects Inc. is a community action organization dedicated to improving communities and changing the lives of those that live in them in Haywood and Jackson counties. The WNC Teen Institute is a comprehensive program designed to train, mobilize and empower youth to prevent the illegal use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and self-destructive behaviors in themselves and their peers.

For more information on National Recovery Month, visit www.recoverymonth.gov/.





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published: 10/18/2013
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