Rally for Recovery offers resources, motivation to those with addiction

Hundreds showed their support at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Saturday for those in recovery from drug and alcohol addictions at the Rally for Recovery.

The Rally for Recovery strives to reduce the stigma associated with addiction and offers local resources to those who are interested.

“(The rally is) to encourage and uplift and celebrate individuals that are in recovery,” Jessica Geschke, the program coordinator of Wisconsin Voices for Recovery, said. “There’s so much stigma out there associated with this disease, and our goal is just to make it normalized.”

Wisconsin Voices for Recovery hosted the event in September because it’s honored as National Recovery Month.

Addiction survivors shared their stories at the rally and offered motivation for people looking to recover.

“People are loud, people are proud about their recovery, and they should be because there’s so much to celebrate,” said Ryan Hampton, an addiction survivor. “Oftentimes, we hear the horror. We hear the devastation that comes with addiction and overdose deaths. But very little do we hear about the success stories.”

About 50 vendors attended the rally in an effort to help those looking to get over their addictions.

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