Run for Recovery
The AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides at the Muskingum County Community Foundation are hosting a 5K run/walk to raise awareness about addiction and the recovery process. The event will hosted on April 9th, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in honor of April’s Alcohol Awareness Month. It will take place at the Collegial Woods path, of the Muskingum Valley Park District, behind the Ohio University Zanesville/Zane State College campuses.
AmeriCorps is a non-profit organization that emphasizes community volunteerism and involvement. As Ohio College Guides in Muskingum County, we are dedicated to bettering our community with valuable service projects and supporting high school students through college and career counseling. With this 5K, we hope to bring awareness of addiction and the recovery process to our community by supporting Muskingum Behavioral Health’s recently opened Recovery House.
Mental and substance use disorders can have a powerful effect on the health of individuals, their families, and their communities. In 2014, an estimated 9.8 million adults aged 18 and older in the United States had a serious mental illness, and 1.7 million of which were aged 18 to 25. Also 15.7 million adults (aged 18 or older) and 2.8 million youth (aged 12 to 17) had a major depressive episode during the past year. In 2014, an estimated 22.5 million Americans aged 12 and older self-reported needing treatment for alcohol or illicit drug use, and 11.8 million adults self-reported needing mental health treatment or counseling in the past year.
These disorders are among the top conditions that cause disability and carry a high burden of disease in the United States, resulting in significant costs to families, employers, and publicly funded health systems. By 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability worldwide. In addition, drug and alcohol use can lead to other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Addressing the impact of substance use alone is estimated to cost Americans more than $600 billion each year.
A comprehensive approach to behavioral health also means seeing prevention as part of an overall continuum of care. The Behavioral Health Continuum of Care Model recognizes multiple opportunities for addressing behavioral health problems and disorders. Based on the Mental Health Intervention Spectrum, first introduced in a 1994 Institute of Medicine report, the model includes the following components:
- Promotion—These strategies are designed to create environments and conditions that support behavioral health and the ability of individuals to withstand challenges. Promotion strategies also reinforce the entire continuum of behavioral health services.
- Prevention—Delivered prior to the onset of a disorder, these interventions are intended to prevent or reduce the risk of developing a behavioral health problem, such as underage alcohol use, prescription drug misuse and abuse, and illicit drug use.
- Treatment—These services are for people diagnosed with a substance use or other behavioral health disorder.
- Recovery—These services support individuals’ abilities to live productive lives in the community and can often help with abstinence. This process does not end when a person becomes sober. It is important to create a consistent and uplifting environment in this process.
When: Saturday, April 9th, 2016. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and the race will begin around 9:45 a.m.
Where: By the Cora Rogge Pavilion located beside the Collegial Woods Trail on the OUZ/Zane State Campus.
Fee: Donation of a household item. All items will donated to the Muskingum Behavioral Health Recovery House in Zanesville. A donation is required for participation.
How to Register: There is an online registration form above, but you can register the day of the event.
Toiletries- Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, Tooth Brushes, Toothpaste, Lotion, Soap, Shampoo/Conditioner, Towels, Wash Cloths
Kitchen Necessities- Dish Soap, Sponges, Glasses, Plates, Pots, Pans
Activities: Board games, Card games, outdoor games, etc.
NON-ALCOHOL BASED PRODUCTS ONLY