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  Friday, March 27, 2015
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Hope & Recovery Recovenese for 2006
By Rick Winterson

     South Boston’s concerned residents and substance abuse professionals.  Each of the past meetings has featured courageous speakers who have described their own battles with drugs and alcohol, as well as the many benefits they have received from being in recovery – clean and sober.  All of the meetings have had a spectrum of counselors, M.D.s, and political leaders ready to take questions and provide advice to those who attend.

     “The Improbable Players” have performed at two prior Forums, and will be here for this one also – Wednesday evening, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Colony Teen Center, overlooking Old Colony Circle.  The Improbables, as many call them, are a talented troupe of professional actors who perform full-time in other venues, which can range from Boston’s improvisational theaters to the Science Museum.  They were founded by Director Lynn Bratley.  These actors bring the message of recovery to various forums around Boston during evenings.  If you want to see the issues around substance abuse presented in a humorous, yet forthright manner, then don’t miss “The Improbables” on the 26th.  The Improbables will stay throughout the Forum to assist with the discussion groups.

     As usual, there will be speakers who will discuss their stories about becoming addicted and then getting into recovery.  These speakers will be followed by a talk from Kevin Fitzgerald, the State House Sergeant-at-Arms and a former state representative.  Several facilitators, including Andy Ward of the Collaborative, John McGahan of Cushing House, and Mike Conroy, counselor and substance abuse activist, will be present.

     Many agencies that deal with recovery issues, such as resuming an education, and obtaining counseling, will make themselves available.  Comprehensive free literature on substance abuse and recovery will be there for the taking. 

     Wednesday, April 26, will be a jam-packed evening that will pass quickly.  The Forum will end sometime between 8 and 8:30 p.m.  It is free and open to any interested person from the general public.  Friends and families of those who might be having substance or alcohol problems are especially encouraged to attend.  Refreshments will be served.

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