Will Feature Internationally Renowned Author

ASBURY PARK, NJ – September is National Recovery Month and The Middletown Arts Center (36 Church St, Middletown, NJ 07748) will host a statewide recovery month event, on September 18, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The event, the “2nd Annual New Jersey Celebrates Recovery” is free and open to the public but registration is required via www.CelebrateRecoveryNJ.com.

The event seeks to remove the stigma associated with substance use disorders and drug use, and will feature a full range of art, entertainment, music, face-painting, giveaways and food samplings from area restaurants. Special guest will be Stanton Peele, J.D., Ph.D. who is an internationally renowned expert on drug use, addiction, harm reduction and drug policy.

“With rising drug overdose deaths, increasing drug arrests and the young woman, Katie Lee Thomas recently losing her life due to drug criminalization, we desperately need to take a hard look in the mirror as to how we approach this issue” said Randy Thompson of Help Not Handcuffs, the non-profit organizing the event. “We hope that families will take advantage of having direct access to an expert on addiction and drug policy, especially as Stanton Peele can point out how our approach to the issue of drug use actually causes the harms we fear the most” Thompson said.