Fair at York's Central Market offers support for addicts


Local organizations are reaching out to Yorkers who need help recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, or those who know someone who needs help.

The York/Adams Drug and Alcohol Commission — along with treatment providers and recovery organizations — will host a Recovery Month Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 3, at Central Market, 34 W. Philadelphia St.

The county officially recognized National Recovery Month three years ago, but this is York's first full-blown celebration of it, said commission administrator Audrey Gladfelter.

The fair is being held to educate the public and to give hope and support to those who are seeking recovery themselves or looking to help loved ones, she said. Organizers of the event hope to reach a broad audience, Gladfelter said.

At 12:15 p.m., the county commissioners and York City Mayor Kim Bracey will make a National Recovery Month proclamation; afterward, two guest speakers will tell their personal stories of recovery.

Case management specialists will be on hand to talk with people and connect them with ways to fund their recovery, Gladfelter said.

Many faces: York County last year posted its highest-ever number of heroin overdoses, reflecting an addiction epidemic that experts have said has roots in abuse of prescription medications.

In response, officials have called for increased vigilance to help people overcome addiction.

"We are certainly not the sole voice of recovery in York," Gladfelter said of the commission. "So we've reached out to a number of recovery organizations and treatment providers in the community."

One purpose of the fair is to show the "many faces of recovery" in York, she said.

The force behind the fair is the Proclamation Committee, a new organization that includes members of the Drug and Alcohol Commission and representatives of local treatment providers such as Gadenzia, White Deer Run and Hope for Today.

The event will include family-oriented activities such as face-painting and a scavenger hunt. Attendees who wear purple and gold — the colors symbolizing National Recovery Month — can throw their names in for a door prize.

Cindy Steele, chief operating officer at Central Market, said vendors will be participating in the scavenger hunt. Many will give discounts, she said.

"We love to help the community and connect with different aspects of the community," Steele said.

— Reach Julia Scheib at jscheib@yorkdispatch.com.