By Melanie Patterson
North Jefferson News
GARDENDALE — A Gardendale woman is bringing awareness to those who are recovering from addiction, and their families.
Traci Spain recently encouraged the Gardendale City Council to proclaim September as National Recovery Month. Councilman Allen Jerkins read the proclamation and the council unanimously adopted it.
Spain approached the council on behalf of a group she is working with, The Addicts Mom, which reaches out to families dealing with addiction.
“It is one way to help stop the stigma associated with addiction and mental illness. The hope is that people will feel more comfortable seeking help,” Spain said. “Addiction is extremely hard on families. They don’t receive support from their communities the way families dealing with other afflictions do, and the stigma prevents them from asking for even emotional support.”
In a nationwide show of support, The Addicts Mom is encouraging individuals to participate in Lights of Hope as National Recovery Month comes to a close.
Lights of Hope is on Sept. 30, and The Addicts Mom asks participants to light three candles: One for an addict who is currently using, one for an addict in recovery and one as a memorial for an addict who is “forever remembered and loved.”
Those who have lost a child to addiction are asked to just light the center candle in memory.
For more information, visit www.addictsmom.com or the group on Facebook.