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National Recovery Month celebrations

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Yakima, WASH.--Around 300 people came together Saturday to celebrate National Recovery Month.

The Yakima Valley Voices of Recovery hosted their 7th annual recovery celebration at Sarg Hubbard Park.

Coordinators said the event is designed to raise awareness about chemical dependency treatment in the area, and reduce the stigma surrounding treatment and addiction.

"We happen to suffer from an illness of dependency," said Brian Hunt, one of the coordinators for the event. "I myself am in long-term recovery, and we want the community to know that there are those of us that are successful at not using chemicals and getting on with our lives."

Informational booths were set up around the park. People could access information about local 12-step programs and the Yakima County Veteran Support Services.