Boston (WWLP) - Hundreds of recovering alcoholics, addicts, family and friends gathered at the Massachusetts State House this week for the 23rd annual Recovery Day.
All September long, the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (“MOAR”) held recovery events throughout the state, culminating on Beacon Hill where people from all over the state celebrated sobriety. For Joyce Sabin-Rescia of Northampton, the occasion is bittersweet.
“My 18-year-old son Matthew struggled from heroin addiction from age 15 and he was in and out of detox and treatment,” said Sacin-Rescia. “He relapsed and died November 21, 2000.”
Joyce comes every year to the State House to promote addiction treatment. This year, she’s advocating for expanded detox programs and more naloxone, or narcane training. The state has saved 2000 lives training people to administer narcane to reverse opiate overdoses.
“And it’s a really good thing to have it available to family members of the addict and also addicts themselves carry it,” said Sabin-Rescia.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo said the current state budget provides $84 million dollars for substance abuse services, including recovery programs and opiate addition treatment centers. But he said more needs to be done.
“We are scheduled to hear some legislation about sober housing, insurance for those with opiate addictions,” said DeLeo.
This year, Massachusetts approved the Good Samaritan law that protects people from arrest if they call 911 to save a friend from an overdose.
MOAR often holds meetings at the Phoenix House in Springfield where people can seek help for alcohol and drug addiction.