Locals gather at addiction listening forum in Vigo County

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Faces and Voices of Recovery welcomed members of the community Saturday to share personal experiences and ask questions about addiction at a listening forum at the Vigo County Public Library.

Those in attendance had the chance to connect with their community and understand that addiction does not discriminate, but that support is there.

“I think we’ve had overwhelming support. I think that it’s been wonderful to see how diverse our crowd is today and also we have over 100 people here today from all walks of life who have experienced addiction themselves, or through a loved one, or just being apart of our community. It affects everyone,” said VCPL Program and Event Planner Sarah Trover.

Trover said having the forum at a non-threatening, education based location like the library helps people come forward and possibly take the first steps to recovery by being able to talk to people who both understand and are willing to help.

Along with VCPL, over 20 organizations joined in to get community members talking about the difficult subject.

“I think that this has been a great conversation here today. There are so many people here from law enforcement, treatment providers, to people in recovery and we are just covering a whole lot of different topics that need to be discussed,” said Next Step Mentor Coordinator Christy Crowder.

Crowder added that the U.S. has over 23-million citizens in addiction recovery, but some of those people are afraid to tell their stories because of community judgment.

Community member and former addict Cody Eitelberg said he has personally dealt with the stigma, but overcame it through community-based programs and through talking to sponsors.

“You gotta do it for yourself and work a program. Get a sponsor, come to meetings,” said Eitelberg.

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