Methuen Plans Event as Part of National Recovery Month

An effort is under way in Methuen to hold a “family friendly” event late this month in support of “those recovering from alcohol and substance abuse,” as part of National Recovery Month.

Methuen police and the city’s Community Addiction Resources Engagement Service (CARES) are among sponsors of a “Recovery Walk” event taking place Sunday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Loop, 90 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen, according to a statement Tuesday. Methuen Police Chief Joseph Solomon and Methuen Mayor Stephen N. Zanni are inviting local residents to take part in the walk and other activities aimed to also “raise awareness and reduce stigma.” In addition to the walk, around the perimeter of the Loop, there will be “refreshments, music, face painting and activities for youth” as well as “a selfie-station and resources for recovery, health and wellness.” Live music acts and vendors will be set up on the east side of The Loop between Chuck E. Cheese and The Loft.

“We are pleased to host an event to bring awareness to those seeking help with substance abuse,” Solomon said. “We invite Methuen residents to join us for a day of fitness, fun and supporting their fellow community members.”

The event kicks off with speeches from Solomon and Loop Director Elvin Soto. The Recovery Walk, starting at 11 a.m., allows participants to carry banners and signs that support those recovering from alcohol and substance abuse. After the walk, two “local community members who are currently in recovery” will speak about their experience.

”We encourage all Methuen families to show their support for those fighting addiction and have thoughtful conversations with children about staying away from drugs and alcohol,” Zanni said.

For More Information, contact Jennifer at 978-701-7782 or Jacquelyn at 978-701-8195.