A recovery day celebration was held at Cornwall Change Health Care

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The Recovery Day event in the center of Cornwall was a big opportunity at Change Health Care.

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It was a celebratory day-long gathering on a perfect late summer day to end the stigma against substance use and addiction.

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“We wanted to do a celebration, it’s an opportunity for people to come and celebrate their successes — and they’re big successes,” said Tara Edeh, longtime regional manager of operations and community engagement at Change Health Care, which is located next door to the courthouse on Second Street West.

Change Health Care, which has been in Cornwall for nearly two decades, is one of many Canadian Addiction Treatment Centers (CATCs) in the country – there are more than 80 in three provinces, including a handful in British Columbia.

In Cornwall, there was a barbecue, music, lots of conversation and several event partners on site, including representatives from Community Abstinence Services at Cornwall Community Hospital, CCH Addiction Services and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

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Todd Hall, a longtime RPN at Change Health Care in Cornwall, on Thursday’s Grillmaster duty at the Recovery Day event. Photo taken on Thursday, September 21, 2023 in Cornwall, Ont. Todd Hambleton/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network Photo credit: Todd Hambleton /Todd Hambleton/Standard-Freeholder

“We’re happy to showcase some of the resources that are available in the community,” Edeh said, noting that September is National Recovery Month.

CATC’s motto is “no matter where you’re in recovery, we’re with you the whole time,” and overall the organization serves nearly 20,000 patients each month. Treatment centers are open every day of the year, no referral is needed and same day appointments are available.

Centers include methadone treatment, cadian treatment, counseling services, medical services, care referrals, naloxone kits and many community partners.

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Change Health Care Regional Operations and Community Engagement Manager Tara Edeh (left) with Change Health Care Support Worker Michaela Smith. Photo taken on Thursday, September 21, 2023 in Cornwall, Ont. Todd Hambleton/Cornwall Standard-Freeholder/Postmedia Network Photo credit: Todd Hambleton /Todd Hambleton/Standard-Freeholder

A group of medical clinics provides opioid substitution therapy to individuals suffering from the effects of opioid addiction. They argue that substitution therapies such as methadone and buprenorphine/naloxone are proven to help reduce the risks and harms associated with drug use, thus benefiting clients and communities.

It was two years ago on a rainy Saturday that the first Recovery Day Cornwall event was held with many guests, dignitaries and vendors in the Lamoureux Park band area.

The local Cornwall branch of the Community Support Society for Addictions (CAPSA) held another meeting in the park last September, but the change of venue and scaled-down barbecue on Thursday was the result of a new committee recently formed to re-launch the full Recovery Day Cornwall in 2024.



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