Art and music show to awareness about addiction

FLINT — Mark your calendars for the 3rd Annual Flint Recovery Arts & Music Show on March, 2, an addiction recovery awareness event hosted by the Recovery Community Organization (RCO) the Serenity House of Flint.

The event is a $5 donation at the door. Kenneth Pops Jones, an Odyssey House therapist, will open the show. Shiba Palmer, a Certified Recovery Coach in the Detroit area, will perform ‘soul’ songs, and Devil Elvis—in which the lead singer is in long-term recovery and works in the addiction recovery field—will headline the event. Devil Elvis is an Elvis tribute & Rock n Roll revue band. There will be live art performances during each musical act with Mindy Palmer, Sam Kthar, and Charlotte Shinabarger. All artists are either in recovery or recovery allies. During the event there will also be a 50/50 raffle, art for sale, and a bake sale.

The purpose of the event is to raise awareness around addiction recovery, overdoses, and the current opioid epidemic in the U.S.

“There are 23 million Americans currently living with long-term recovery. Many of these people remain anonymous because of the stigma surrounding addiction and the 12-step community principles. This arts and music show aims to bring the reality of recovery out of the shadows and into the light. Recovery is very beautiful thing and it takes a very strong person to recover and we want to celebrate that,” says Founder and Executive Director Tara Moreno.

For the past three years, Moreno and her team have been spreading awareness with the addiction crisis by hosting events like the Flint Recovery Walk & Rally in the fall in which they partner with Odyssey House and other events around the state. At these events the organization offers free yoga, free energy medicine or reiki, free acupuncture, and other various holistic modalities. With the opioid epidemic—currently 175 people are dying per day in the U.S. from overdoses— Moreno says advocacy and holistic options are imperative to overcome the losses families and communities are facing at this time.

“We need to come together as a community to raise awareness and spread the message that addiction doesn’t have to be a death sentence, it is preventable and can be healed,” says Sarah Shaw, Volunteer Coordinator for Serenity House.

The event is at 6:30pm at the Local 432 located at 124 W. 1st Street, in Flint and is sponsored by GHS, Genesee Health Center, Flint Odyssey House, Hope Network, and the Community Foundation of Greater Flint’s Clayton Stroup Fund. All donations from the event will go into Serenity House’s awareness efforts. The Serenity House of Flint is a 501c3 organization, licensed prevention program, and is a recognized recovery community organization through the national program the Association of Recovery Community Organizations. Serenity House will soon have a physical location to provide regular programming. — P.S.

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