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February 3, 2013

THE ROAD TO RECOVERY: Event aimed at fighting addiction, benefits Serenity House



“It's about recovery. I thought about addiction being a mask and putting a life together from all these scraps.  There’s a lot of texture to it,” said Tedesco. 

Busby’s piece, “The Will to Live,” also had significance. 

“The bottom represents the asphalt in the street and adversity, and it’s just rough. It can be anything that holds you back. It doesn't seem anything would grow out of asphalt, but it does and it has the will to live,” said Busby, who has been friends with Cundiff for 30 years. 

Busby reminded everyone that when struggling with addiction, “realize that you are loved and needed. You are needed to be whole, healthy and responsible. You can choose and have the will to live drug free.”

Mick McFarland, director of Serenity House, explained that’s their job at the recovery complex. 

“Any addict or alcoholic is bankrupt mentally and spiritually. Our job is to help change the way of thinking. They have a job to do too,” said McFarland, who encourages clients to stay for six month to a year. Recovery leads to the clients becoming better for their family and self. 

Randy Chandler found help at the Serenity House 19 years ago and was at Saturday’s event to support the complex. 

“They taught me to grow up and got me sober. They taught me responsibility. I went in at 25, but was thinking like a 15 year old. They did a lot of good helping me grow up,” said Chandler, who now sponsors other people in need of help. 

More events are to come, as the Rock 4 Recovery is part of the Rock! Roll! Run! On May 25, there will be the Run 4 Recovery and on June 9 there will be Roll 4 Recovery, which will be a motorcycle run.

“I am just amazed at the great turnout. You always hope for the biggest number, but I’m just so grateful that so many people came out,” said Alicia Denney-Kane. 

She was most grateful because of how much addiction touches everyone, but she was often quiet about her brother’s addiction. 

“Now I’m telling his story because you can make it with places like the Serenity House. People want to help. Your family cares more about you than you’ll ever know,” said Denney-Kane.

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