Paths to Healing Conference scheduled

By From page A4 | August 17, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The Solano Recovery Project and Unity Hall plan a Paths to Healing Conference, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 23.

The event opens with the film “The Anonymous People,” which highlights addiction recovery. A variety of stars, including actress Kristen Johnson and Tara Conner, Miss USA 2006, share their stories in the documentary.

The film will be followed by keynote speaker Dona Dmitrovic, the 2013-14 chairperson of “Faces and Voices of Recovery.”

Other speakers include Dee-Dee Stout, of Dee-Dee Stout Consulting, who serves on the adjunct faculty at CSU Monterey Bay, and Tony Adams, a local minister.

“This public education event was created to bring the positive aspects of recovery out into the open,” said Unity Hall’s Roger Maryatt in a press release.

“Discover ways to help heal our community to reduce substance abuse, crime and violence related to drugs and alcohol through building a strong recovery community.”

Years ago, substance-use disorder was considered a disease and as such was treated as a chronic health concern, Maryatt wrote. Public perception slowly changed to where the issue of substance use disorder became synonymous with crime, shame, stigma and  discrimination.

“We believe the tide is changing and that it is time to invest in what works,” Maryatt said. “Recovery works.”

The City of Fairfield, Liberty Christian Church, Texas Roadhouse, Healthy Perspectives Inc., Archway Recovery Services and the Solano Prevention and Recovery Alliance are also helping with the event, according to a press release.

The event is in Willow Hall at the Fairfield Community Center, 1000 Kentucky St.

The Solano Recovery Project also plans three events in September.

On Sept. 19, there will be luminary service for families and friends who have lost a loved one to substance, either through abuse or a crime committed as a result of abuse. The event is at 8 p.m.

A recovery walk gets underway at 8 a.m. Sept. 20 at the lawn at Texas and Jefferson streets. It will be followed at 11 a.m. by a recovery rally and barbecue at Allan Witt Park.

Registration and tickets are available at www.unityhall.org or by calling 372-0540.

A trailer for the movie can be viewed at www.theanonymouspeople.com.

More information is also available at the Solano Recovery Project booth at the Tomato Festival Sunday.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected] Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.


Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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