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'Strength In Recovery' Offers Free Luncheon In Stamford

Dr. Sigurd Ackerman, president and CEO of Silver Hill Hospital--one of the sponsors of the"Strength in Recovery" luncheon
Dr. Sigurd Ackerman, president and CEO of Silver Hill Hospital--one of the sponsors of the"Strength in Recovery" luncheon Photo Credit: Silverhillhospital.org

STAMFORD, Conn. -- To salute professionals who help in the journey of individual recovery, Communities 4 Action will host "Strength in Recovery," a free luncheon for professionals, in Stamford on Thursday, Sept. 24 from noon to 1: 30 p.m.

The event coincides with National Recovery Month.

Joyce Sixsmith, LADC Consultant for Communities 4 Action, said the purpose of the luncheon is to recognize the dedication of both treatment professionals and attorneys who support their clients and their loved ones in recovery, provide them with an update on current local initiatives, and also give them the opportunity to further extend their own professional network.

“Our families and communities have received wonderful guidance from this group, “ said Sixsmith. “Their impact is profound, and it is our pleasure to host this event for them as we celebrate recovery."

Dr. Sigurd Ackerman, president and CEO of Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, one of the sponsoring organizations, said recovery encompasses overcoming all mental illnesses, including drug and alcohol addiction, bipolar disorders, disordered eating, suicide behavior, depression and anxiety.

“Recovery is an ongoing process for anyone who has struggled with mental illness. It is about leading a meaningful life and recognizing their full potential,” said Ackerman “Recovery is a journey, and it is not always an easy one. It can take a team of professionals including social workers, mental health professionals, general practitioners, lawyers and clergy to help with each successful outcome.”

Michael Askew from the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) will be speaking about recovery efforts in Fairfield County and two attorneys, Matthew Maddox and Deborah Noonan, will review their legal work with individuals who have struggled with substance abuse.

Several individuals currently in recovery will also be present. Ending on a note of hope, the luncheon will close with a special musical selection from the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) Choir.

Space is limited. RSVP by September 18, 2015 to Joyce.Sixsmith@gmail.com.

The luncheon will be held at the Ferguson Library, Harry Bennett Branch at 115 Vine Road, Stamford.

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