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Janesville center hosts alternative New Year's Eve event

Nonprofit helps people recovering from alcohol, drug addiction

JANESVILLE, Wis. - Janesville center hosts alternative New Year's Eve event

Holidays can be a difficult time for people dealing with addiction. Parties and get-togethers can often be a trigger for those working to avoid alcohol and drugs.

Janesville's 12 and 12 Drop-in Center on Delavan Drive has hosted events on Christmas Eve and recently expanded to New Year's Eve.

Keeping the coffee pot brewing is just one of the tasks volunteers are doing to get the 12 and 12 Drop-in Center ready for New Year's Eve.

Board member Joanne Schudda said they'll be ringing in the New Year by offering a marathon of meetings called an ALC-THON.

"Somethings people are so lonely during the holidays. We're open during this time so that they can come in, have a meeting, share some cookies, have some coffee and just have a safe place to be," Schudda said.

Since 1987, the nonprofit has been helping people recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. They've hosted this marathon annually on Christmas but recently expanded it to include New Year's.

"People that are in 12-step recovery have another family they can be with, and that family understands their situation and is helping them cope and be able to give them hope for the future," Schudda said.

The marathon starts New Year's Eve at 6 p.m. and runs until New Year's Day at 6 a.m.

Schudda said isolating yourself is one of the worst things you can do.

"For people in recovery, it's important to be with other people, to share their experience and their strengths and their hopes so that they can get by one more day," Schudda said.

She said the meetings will be held periodically throughout the evening and morning, and anyone is welcome to stop by.

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