Street Recovery Lays A Path Of Hope For Crawford County

  • 9/15/2019 10:18:00 AM
  • Ingrid Schmidt
  • Local News

BUCYRUS, OH- Schines Art Park served as a shining beacon of hope on Saturday for those whose lives have been touched by addiction.  The Street Recovery event brought together a variety of community resources including Operation HOPE.  The organization works with the Bucyrus Police Department to put addicts on the road to healing and recovery according to Program Coordinator, Santana Stamper.

"We're here to help families that might be dealing with addiction, whether it is someone who survived addiction and is in recovery or those who might have loved ones suffering or even those who are suffering coming here, we'll help them.  We take them straight from here to treatment. We have facilities here that have open beds, and we do the transport through Operation HOPE," Stamper said.

Together we Hurt, Together we Heal is another organization in Crawford County that aims to help addicts and their families.  Program Coordinator, Mary Jo Carle wants to break down misconceptions about addiction and provide support for those suffering.

"It's very important to have events like this because there's still this perception about addiction," Carle said.  "Addiction is a brain disease, it's just a disease, and people need to understand that so they can get recovery."

Paula Brown, Associate Director of the ADAMH Board, or the Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Board of Marion and Crawford County said that there is always hope for anyone looking to recover.

"Recovery is possible.  There are 23 million Americans in recovery right now and it is possible, no matter how many times someone has relapsed and how hard they think their circumstance is, there is always hope," Brown said.

Bucyrus Police Chief David Koepke wants anyone struggling with addiction to know that the Bucyrus Police are always willing to help those who are looking for recovery resources.

"The success story is taking the first step and trying to recover, if you do that you are a success story," Chief Koepke said.  "Recovery is something you have to work on every day and there's no shame in trying and we don't want people to stop or quit trying to heal.  Believe it or not, you can come to the Police Department and we can facilitate those connections to take that first step and find recovery."

To reach Operation HOPE, you can call 419-689-6428 or email [email protected]

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