Hundreds expected to walk for substance abuse awareness

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JACKSON, Mich. (WILX) - For a lot of people recovering from addiction is a private matter.

A Jackson advocacy group is helping people come out of the dark.

They all have a story that binds them in their mission to help others out the grips of substance abuse.

“Recovery out loud” is their mantra and they're ready to shout the message and fight the stigma.

“I believe this is passed down from generation to generation,” said Ragan Leach the operations coordinator of Home of New Vision.

“We can stop the generational curse right now. We can say this is where it stops. We're done.”

Saturday the Jackson Area Recovery Community is hosting a walk through Downtown Jackson to bring awareness to substance abuse disorder.

“Upwards to 500 of us walking in the downtown area hooting and hollering,” said Jackson Area Recovery Community Program Director Aaron Cypret.

“Yelling out ‘recovery out loud’. We're just really here to show that recovery is possible and encourage people to join us.”

The Fifth Annual Recovery Out Loud Walk is meant to bridge the gap between addiction and rehabilitation and show that there's life after substance abuse.

“What's on the other side is success,” said Recovery Coach Riley Kidd.

“It is freedom. It is liberation. It is family. It is something that is wholesome, that is fruitful and that is pleasant for your life.”

Saturday's walk will start at Jackson Area Recovery Community at 407 West Michigan Ave. in Downtown Jackson.

Registration starts at 8:00 a.m.

The event ends at 1:00 p.m.

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