The addiction advocacy group Wisconsin Voices for Recovery held its third annual "Rally for Recovery" Saturday on the steps of the State Capitol.
The event comes during National Recovery Month, held every September to increase awareness and understanding of mental health and substance abuse disorders and celebrate those who recover from them.
Caroline Miller, one of the event organizers, said the event gives people the chance to find resources, hope and take pride in recovery from addiction.
"I'm a person in recovery myself," Miller said. "To see so many people out in the open, out in the light, in the sunshine today, celebrating is amazing."
The event features resource booths and advocates from organizations dedicated to helping people recover from substance abuse.
Some advocates told stories of their own recoveries.
Others, like Nick Jungers, are telling stories to prevent others from falling down the path of addiction.
Jungers was promoting the movie "Heroes Rising," a short film made by teenagers and students in Waupaca County, aimed at warning teenagers of the dangers of substance abuse and showing that there is hope for those already affected.
"We're trying to show not just the dangers of it, so people don't get involved with it, but (to) also show for people who have fallen into it, there's also ways to get help," Jungers said.
In the movie, Jungers plays a superhero named "Captain Solar."
"After a football injury, (the character is) dealing with taking opiates," Jungers said. "He has to make the decision to continue doing it, to take something stronger, or to find a whole different way of recovery."
State Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, who has become known throughout the state for focusing on substance abuse issues, also attended the rally.
Nygren, whose daughter has battled heroin addiction, spoke of the need to continue raising awareness for recovery.
"The more we talk about it, the more attention it gets," Nygren said.
During the rally, Nygren was given an award for his advocacy work.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services was also represented at Rally for Recovery as it reached out to educate people about recovery-oriented services available to Wisconsin residents.
"The state has been providing support for this to happen, we're real proud of it," AJ Ernst, section chief of substance abuse services with the state Bureau of Prevention, Treatment and Recovery, said. "Recovery from addiction is possible. Management of the disease is possible."
To learn more about available state services, visit the DHS website.