FAIRFIELD — Supportive hugs of recognition abounded at the start of the Paths to Healing Conference at the Fairfield Community Center on Saturday.
As part of the Solano Recovery Project, “A Day of Learning and Healing,” was presented to an audience of about 100 participants. They came from all walks of life to hear about a familiar subject for many of them: addiction.
“We want this program to help reduce the negative stigma associated with addiction and being in recovery,” said Roger Maryatt, Volunteer Executive Director of Solano Recovery Project.
Addiction affects every aspect of people’s lives, from job growth to family dynamics to impacts in the community, according to Maryatt.
According to Pat Duffy, Solano County Project Chair, the goals for the Solano Recovery Project is to find a place for people who are recovering to go and find resources, gain assistance if needed and get them into programs to help them recover from addiction.
The program is run by volunteers.
“We are always looking for new blood to help us out. We have hundreds of people come through our doors every year and it takes a staff to help them,” Duffy said.
Terrance Abadilla is in recovery and dealing with grief. “I lost my wife in June of this year to cancer and 10 years ago on Labor Day I lost my son,” Abadilla said. “This is helping with the fellowship and support by going to meetings. It’s about people holding each other up,” he said.
“We work one-on-one with people to help them substance long-term recovery. I consider myself a cheerleader for life to help serve the needs of people,”said Justin White, Recovery Peer Coach for the Solano Recovery Project.
The event included a showing of the documentary “The Anonymous People” and featured keynote speaker Donna Dmitrovic, chairperson of Washington, D.C.,-based Faces and Voices of Recovery. Other topics included “Building Hope, Unity and Strength through Recovery,” “Motivation for Healing Individuals, Families and our Community” and “Spiritually Fit – Reaching Up, Reaching In and Reaching Out.”
Solano Recovery Project plans to hold five other events throughout the year to help educate the public about supporting and helping heal those affected with addictions.
“We want to help guide people through life challenges with good choices, and building long-term friendships,” White said.
Solano Recovery Project meets at 711 Empire St., in Fairfield. The hours are Monday through Friday at 10:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. For more information call 419-4662 or email [email protected] The website is www.unityhall.org.
Reach Susan Hiland at 427-6981 or [email protected]