NH DHHS - NH Resident Selected to Participate in National Recovery Rally

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services (BDAS) along with Friends of Recovery New Hampshire (FOR-NH) are announcing that A&E Television Network has selected David Chmielecki to be the 2010 Recovery Project Delegate for New Hampshire. David will join state delegates from across the country in Philadelphia, PA on September 25 to be part of the third annual “Recovery Rally”.

“It is important that we all celebrate recovery rather than solely focusing on the devastation of active addictions,” said BDAS Director Joe Harding. “In order for people to understand the meaning of long-term recovery, they need to be able to put a face on it. It takes great courage to share personal stories, and there is great power in David sharing his.”

The Recovery Project is committed to breaking the stigma around addiction. BDAS and FOR-NH share this commitment and have joined in this effort, to not only promote the event, but to help generate an increased awareness for addiction and recovery throughout our state. People in recovery were asked to submit their personal stories of recovery to A&E. Project coordinators received hundreds of applications from around the country; each story being truly inspiring.

“Recovery is about resilience and faith,” said David Chmielecki, NH’s 2010 Delegate. “It’s about getting back what you once lost and working for goals you once thought impossible.”

“David embodies the hope that anyone wishing to recover from the effects of drug and alcohol problems or mental illness can realistically embrace as their own,” stated FOR-NH Director Lisa Peakes. “His story proves recovery not only works, but is the means to improved physical health, deeper personal fulfillment and greater civic engagement. When individuals recover, entire communities benefit".

State Delegates will join thousands of other participants at the Recovery Rally in a walk from the Delaware River waterfront past the icons of our nation’s independence; to show their support for individuals and their families in need of treatment for alcohol and drug addiction, celebrate those in recovery, and honor organizations providing prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.

For more information about Friends of Recovery – New Hampshire (FOR-NH) visit: http://www.fornh-faster.org/. For more about the A & E Recovery Project: http://www.aetv.com/real-life-change/the-recovery-project/index.jsp