Yes, you saw that right! It’s a 6K Marathon, not the usual 5K. But there’s a reason for that. You see, the Heroes in Recovery 6K is a run/walk in New York, NY is a special event to celebrate the men and women who are overcoming alcohol and drug addiction.
Anyone working to free himself or herself from an addiction are reaching for their independence from the past and seeking a long-term sober way of life. Yet, after treatment and upon returning home, often, they must do that in the midst of old family dynamics, messages from the media to drink, the desire to have fun with old friends, and the lingering needs that pulled them into using in the first place. Saying no to drinking or using drugs in the face of all this is the mountain they must climb. This is the great odyssey they must go on.
For this reason, we might look at those recovering from addictions as heroes and heroines. They are fighting a great battle – themselves – and often, when they surrender, they are in that fight until the end. With weapons of hope, commitment, and self-reflection, they are breaking through the cycle of addiction towards change.
Now, take a look at the word HEROES and you might see why the race is 6K instead of 5K. If you want to express your admiration for these heroes, if you want to show your support, or if you’re a recovering addict yourself, run a mile for every letter in that word!
In New York City, this August, the opportunity to run a 6K marathon beckons you. For anyone interested in becoming a hero or heroine themselves, this event is meant to bring the community together to:
- Break the stigma of mental illness and addiction.
- Celebrate the heroes and heroines of recovery.
- Raise money for Xcel University, an educational organization for children and adults, advocating higher education, mental health awareness, and quality mental health services for everyone.
The run begins at New York City’s Riverside Park at 103rd Street Promenade and takes runners throughout the city. Registration begins at 7:30am and the race starts at 8:30! And you can expect prizes, awards, and post-race nutrition to rejuvenate your body.
In fact, speaking of nutrition, perhaps the exercise alone might call you. More and more holistically oriented sober living homes and recovery treatment centers are recognizing the need to provide holistic services.
In order to address all the aspects of the recovery process – physical, physiological, emotional, psychological, and spiritual – a holistic drug treatment center and sober living house might include much more than drug counseling, therapy, family therapy, support groups, and life skill groups. To address other aspects of recovery, a holistic drug rehab center might also include:
- Nutrition Counseling
- Equine Therapy
- Sweat Lodges
- Adventure Therapy
- Organic Food Choices
- Sauna Use
- Spiritual Exploration and Study
- Physical Exercise
These holistic healing methods are meant to facilitate deeper insight into the choices recovery addicts are making and have been making for their life. They are meant to encourage connection with a core self.
Although the 6K run might not be the place to connect with your deepest inner being, but connect with the community, with your body, and with fun. Connect with the purpose and passion of finally finding sobriety. Help break the stigma associated with addiction and mental illness and run the New York Heroes 6K!
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