By Eden Laikin
Mineola, NY – Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s wife Linda – a volunteer advocate in combatting the opioid epidemic – co-hosted a National Recovery Month program and dome lighting ceremony last night – Wednesday, September 13th at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building in Mineola.
The event – recognizing the federal campaign to raise awareness about prevention, treatment, and recovery support services – was also a way for those in recovery from mental health or substance abuse disorders to “give back” and help others. As part of the “gratitude ceremony,” those in recovery and their family members donated baby wipes, diapers, non-perishable food and other toiletries for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The items will be transported to the affected areas
“Everybody is recovering from something,” Mangano said. “Each of us has suffered setbacks, loss, tragedy, controversy, and disappointments. What matters most is not how many times we fall, but how many times we get back up again. That’s recovery. And the strength of the recovery community is in its goal to help others. We all need to give back. Recovery for Recovery.”
Information and resources on recovery support services were also made available at yesterday’s event in the Ceremonial Chambers, with representatives from The Safe Center, Tempo Group, AA, Families in Support of Treatment (F.I.S.T.), American Addiction Centers, Long Island Recovery Associations (LIRA), CN Guidance and Counseling, LI Federally Qualified Health Centers (NuHealth), Project Outreach, Nassau County’s Shot at Life (Vivitrol) program and the County Executive’s Office.
Just before 8’oclock, county officials lit the dome of the Executive building, purple, in honor of Recovery Month.