Recovering addict making a difference hosts event Saturday

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — A recovering addict is the co-founder of Voices of Hope, a local non-profit and a recovery community organization.

The organization’s mission is to promote life-long recovery from the chronic disease of addiction through recovery support services, advocacy, research and education.

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Alex Elswick is a recovering addict going on five years of sobriety. He tells us he got addicted to pain medication after getting his wisdom teeth removed and then made the switch to heroin.

Elswick says it got so bad he was homeless sleeping under a bridge in Dayton, Ohio.

He says he owes a lot of his recovery to his family.

“They loved me the hardest when I was hardest to love,” says Elswick.

His mother, Shelley Elswick, is the president of Voices of Hope.

The group hosts an annual observation of Overdose Awareness Day, and last year, 650 people attended the event.

This year, their observation of Overdose Awareness Day will be Aug 25th at 10 AM at Jacobson Park Shelter #6.

The state harm reduction mobile pharmacy and pharmacists will be conducting training on overdose response as well as distributing naloxone. AVOL will be providing free HIV and Hep C testing and counseling. There will be a resource fair, as well as inspirational speakers, and a memorial to those who have lost to overdose.

Voices of Hope invites everyone to this family-friendly event to celebrate long-term recovery and learn how to help save lives.

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