Hope took flight in the Wabash Valley, on the wings of 115 butterflies.
It was a symbolism to recognize International Overdose Awareness Day; according to statistics: 115 people die each day from opioid overdose across the United States.
Hamilton Center’s Western Indiana Recovery Services is the only opioid treatment program in the Wabash Valley.
On Friday, August 31st, they kicked off Opioid Awareness Month with the butterfly release and testimonies from those who have faced addiction.
Before recovery service opened, people seeking help in recovering from opioid addictions would have to travel as far as Indianapolis or Evansville for treatment.
Now the service is open for business and helps more than 90 people a day.
“It’s a really important event because it let’s people know that they are not alone in having experienced this. It’s an opportunity for people to come together and see that this is everywhere,” said Jessica Nevill / Clincal Director of Western Indiana Recovery.
“You know butterflies symbolize the ability to be free and so as people mourn through death, part of the healing process is being able to let go and be free,” said Jennifer Hutchens / Chief Addiction Services at the Hamilton Center.
Officials say the goal of the center is to reach and help more than a thousand patients struggling with addiction.