Recovery Fest

Renea Teaster, with the Anti-Drug Coalition, emcee’s the Celebrate Recovery event Saturday at Kings Bay Park. With booths from Citrus Memorial Hospital, LifeStream, NAMI, the Healing Solutions Center and more, the theme was help for hurts, habits and hangups.

On Saturday, those who have been touched by addiction gathered together to celebrate their recovery at Citrus County’s Recovery Fest at King’s Bay Park.

Speakers from Alateen, Narcotics Anonymous, Nar Anon, Camp E-Nini-Hassee and Celebrate Recovery shared their moving, heart-felt stories of their path to recovery.

Cindy Floyd, who is an advanced practical registered nurse  specializing in primary and reproductive care for women and their babies from the Citrus County Health Department, spoke about the help that’s available for pregnant women who are actively using opiates/opioids with “no judgement — we just want to help,” she said.

Local psychiatrist Dr. John Grace spoke about creating a whole new life after a person finishes rehab, finding new ways to enjoy life so recovery is rewarding enough to keep you from relapsing.

Also, representatives from NAMI, LifeStream, The Centers, Club Recovery, Zero Hour Life Center, the Anti-Drug Coalition of Citrus County, The Sanctuary Mission and Narcotics Anonymous, as well as private life coaches and therapists were on hand with information and resources.

“Saturday was an amazing day,” said Joan Trehy, one of the event organizers. “It was great to see so many community resources available for folks in recovery. Personally, my favorite part was listening to the young people share their stories of healing and growth. That is what this whole thing is about. Sharing stories of what we were like before recovery, what happened to get us on our paths to recovery and what life is like now with recovery in our lives.

“The support we find in each other is the glue that keeps many of us on our path,” she said. “And all paths to recovery are supported. We must continue to fight to end the stigma of recovering from addiction and mental health, and Citrus Recovery Fest is one small piece of that puzzle. I am proud of what we have accomplished in one year, but we have more work to do.”

Contact Chronicle reporter Nancy Kennedy at 352-564-2927 or nkennedy@chronicleonline.com.