Madison organization holds first event since pandemic for people struggling with addiction

MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) – An organization hosted an event to help people struggling with addiction find resources.

Wisconsin Voices For Recovery held an event Saturday for the first time since the pandemic began. The goal of the event was to help those overcoming addiction find hobbies and activities to aid in recovery.

At the rally, organizers received free pizza, listened to music, and heard remarks from those who witnessed addiction firsthand. Wisconsin Voices For Recovery director Cindy Burzinski said telling vulnerable stories gives people hope.

“It shows people that they are not alone in terms of their own substance use, not alone in terms of being an affected family member or friend. It creates that connection and lays the groundwork for communication and conversation,” Burzinski said.

She also said it’s beneficial to give people the resources they need.

“We added something new this year, so we added different recreation tables where people recovering or looking to recover and support themselves, support their recovery, support their well-being – their well-being for learn a hobby, to kind of fill in that place where the substances were,” Burzinski said.

The organization also discussed an opioid overdose treatment called Narcan which is used in emergencies. Narcan is a prescription nasal spray used for the treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose emergency with signs of breathing problems and severe drowsiness or inability to respond. Wisconsin Voices For Recovery explained that people can reach out to get the prescription.

“Our goal and our mission with this is really to get as many Narcan out into the community and support as possible to support Wisconsin’s safety,” Burzinski said.

Aubrey L. Morgan