One word can mean so very much, and to those recovering from anything – illness, addiction or abuse – the word “recovery” means not just progress, but hope.

“The Voices of Recovery: It’s Worth it,” is the theme for the Center for Life Resources' celebration of September as “National Recovery Month” and the center is kicking off the month-long celebration on Saturday by hosting its first Recovery Walk and Picnic in the Park, at Coggin Park.

The event celebrates individuals and families who are in long-term recovery and recognizes the dedication of treatment and support providers, said Dion White, executive director for CFLR.

The Recovery Walk begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Coggin Park, and, White said, walkers will stroll down Austin Avenue to Coggin, then return by Durham. The walk in total will be about a mile and a half long.

After the walk, White will offer a brief welcome then two people in recovery will share their stories.

At 10:30 a.m., the games will begin, White said. “We will be having old-fashioned picnic games like sack races, three-legged races and egg races for the children. There will also the opportunity for various pick-up games for the youth and adults.”

Beginning at 1 p.m., free hot dogs and drinks will be served, and two more people will share their stories of recovery.

“We want to let the people of Brown and surrounding counties know that people in recovery achieve healthy lifestyles, both physically and emotionally, and contribute in positive ways to their communities,” White said.

“We also hope to reach out to active military, veterans, and families; individuals in the justice system; the recovery community; and all family and friends of those in need with the good news that treatment and recovery support services improve one’s overall health and well-being.

“A huge turnout at these events will send a signal that Brownwood and our surrounding communities embrace recovery and support those working in the field to provide much-needed recovery services.”