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OR Labor Day Weekend Plans: Holding Hands

September 4, 2009

Portland, OR - About 3,000 people are expected to hold hands while spanning the Interstate Bridge connecting Oregon and Washington this Labor Day. The Hands Across the Bridge event will celebrate the success of treatment and recovery for alcohol and drug addiction, and is part of September's National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.

Event co-founder Patty Katz says, so often, the public sees only the bad side of addiction, but there is positive news to share every day.

"The good news is, treatment works and recovery is real. That is the really, really good news. Our families heal. Our communities heal."

While recovery is often a private journey, Katz says success benefits everyone through a more productive workforce, lowered health care costs and a reduction in crime rates.

"There are millions of people today who are in recovery. We need to let our communities know that we have hope. We have to let people know there is hope from the disease of addiction."

Katz is encouraging those in recovery to participate in the event to help challenge the stigma she says exists on substance abuse-related issues. Elected officials from Oregon and Washington will also join Hands Across the Bridge, which occurs Monday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Deb Courson, Public News Service - OR