Recovery Walk

The 5th annual Changing the Face of Addiction Walk was a Huge Success!

The 5th annual Changing the Face of Addiction Walk was a huge success! It was a beautiful day where 600 people of all ages joined together to help “Change the Face of Addiction!” Many of our amazing staff, Board members and volunteers were there by 8am (OR earlier!) setting up so that when the crowds arrived, we were ready to go. A lot of work went into this day. Family and friends from the Burns and Tizzano families were there to support the walk and cooked over 500 hotdogs and hamburgers to serve the hungry crowd. All of that work raised awareness and money- and while we don’t have the final numbers yet, we raised over $45,000.

 

Meeting family members from our 31+ teams was overwhelming, knowing the loss they each had endured. But they were proud to be there, grateful to be able to talk about their loved ones, and glad to be at a place where they could share their pain and struggles along with the many memories they have of those they lost.


A big thank you to the many police officers that volunteered their time, and were stationed along the route to help keep our walkers safe. Becky and Mary Burns stopped to thank every officer personally for coming out and supporting our event.


p>Thank you to our wonderful staff and Board members for their support and to our entire staff for their hard work and dedication. It takes a team and due to the support of so many, the 5th annual walk was truly amazing!

Top Teams


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Team Ryan Devito

Team Ryan Devito

$4105
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Why I am Walking?

We are walking to raise awareness for those struggling with the disease of addiction. To help them find treatment and have the resources they need in order to get help. We will walk on August 3, 2019 in Franklin, NJ for our dear friend Ryan DeVito, in collaboration with Garden State Treatment Center. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center of Prevention Counseling (a non profit organization) to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.

A little bit about Ryan…

Ryan DeVito was raised in Lake Hopatcong, NJ. He was an amazing son to Ellen Geers and Scott DeVito. A 2009 graduate of Jefferson High School, where he excelled on the football field. He was an electrician and a past member of IBEW Local #102. Ryan also worked with his father at DeVito Roofing for several years. He resided in Landing and Lake Hopatcong, NJ before moving to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. two years ago. Ryan enjoyed surfing, weightlifting, snowboarding and boating on Lake Hopatcong but most importantly, Ryan loved spending time with his friends and family. Ryan was one of the most naturally athletic people you will ever come across. Anything that involved a board came so naturally to him. His Sundays most of the time were spent on the beach of Fort Lauderdale with his raft. He was a unique character and his smile was one of a kind. He was an amazing friend and continuously showed up for the people in his life. He was so loved by everyone. Ryan passed away on June 2, 2018 at the age of 27 at his apartment in Fort Lauderdale. It was unexpected to many and devastating due to the fact that Ryan had been doing fantastic for years prior to this. We will continue to hold the memory and love we have for Ryan in our hearts. DEVITO WE LOVE AND MISS YOU!!
Team Tizzano

Team Tizzano

$2691
 

JOIN MY TEAM!

People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) hosted a walk in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction. My Son George is one of the young men who lost his struggle. October 19, 2014 changed our lives forever. My family and I wanted to do something positive to something so horrific. The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.
Team Genesis

Team Genesis

$2000
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Last year, Sussex County lost 35 mostly young souls to overdose.

WHY ARE WE WALKING? In 2017, we lost a dear nephew to overdose. Another nephew has been working hard on his recovery for 22 months. This year, and for many years to come, we will make a stand against this devastating problem, defined by experts as a chronic neurobehavioral disease. Genesis Addiction and Behavioral Medicine- Team Genesis has joined forces with CFPC. Now, individuals suffering from this disease, and the family and friends who suffer with them, have a place to seek help. Here they will find compassionate easy access to the best available evidence-based medical and behavioral care. A place where hope is ever-present. The barriers to treatment are many, but they are not insurmountable. Treatment is expensive, but most of the people we see have little or no direct cost for their treatment. Recovery, and each life saved, are priceless. Help us to help many. Support us with donations if you cannot walk with us. Better yet, do both! Dr. Mike Ganon and Judy Kiddoo Team Genesis
Team Garrera

Team Garrera

$1755
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WHY I AM WALKING?

This coming week marks a year for my son’s death. He died of an overdose the same day he was released from a drug treatment program. He had addiction issues for several years and had been quite successful in the meantime. He graduated Lincoln Tech, had a good job, had a house, truck and child. He tried several treatment facilities but continued to relapse.

 In the end Mark lost everything he worked so hard for to only end up a statistic. My son died May 29, 2018 . He had great expectations for himself but for some reason he was unable to remain on the sober path. Addiction had that much power…

Team Mountain Creek

Team Mountain Creek

$1550
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THE REASON WE WALK

Mountain Creek is proud participant in this walk to bring awareness to the epidemic of addiction that is effecting our community. Help us reach our goal to support The Center for Prevention and Counseling in their effort to bring resources to those in need by joining the team and donating today! PLEASE JOIN ME AS WE WALK IN MEMORY OF MY SON, ALLAN LAZIER JR To my beloved son Allan Lazier Jr, your wings were ready way to early, our hearts were not. Too many of all our loved ones have been taken from us. Please help us to put an end to this disease. Each and every one of us can make a difference . Please donate, every dollar can help. Thank You.
Team Wamback

Team Wamback

$1570

Walk in loving memory of T.J. Wamback 1986-2014

  People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives.   The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.
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Team Joey Lavin

Team Joey Lavin

$1150
 

Why I am Walking?

I am raising money for the Changing the Face of Addiction Walk on August 3rd 2019. Everyone knows someone that has struggled with addiction and my family is no different. I am excited to walk and raise money in memory of my brother. Please help me reach my goal for Team Joey Lavin. Everyone deserves a chance for recovery. Donate to Team Joey Lavin  

A little bit about Joe…

Joe was unusual in that he always wanted help and was willing to accept any treatment recommended to him.  He attended a program at Sunrise House in Lafayette when he was a senior at High Point High School. Joe was always grateful for that experience as he learned so much about himself, his depression and its effect on his childhood and his feelings of loneliness and isolation. Due to his depression, Joe did not feel the love of his family or his friends past the age of the onset of the disorder. His experience at Sunrise House changed that for him and he ultimately formed very close relationships with each member of his family.   On March 19, 2010 Joe entered a rehab in Deerfield Beach, Florida. His stay lasted 40 days. When he was informed that he would be discharged on April 26th, Joey was panic-stricken. He did not feel that he was ready to be on his own yet and requested a little more time. That time was not afforded to him as his insurance company would not cover any further in-patient care. Joey was discharged and dropped back at his apartment on the evening of April 26, 2010. By 9 pm on April 27th, Joe had relapsed. He called home the following day requesting advice. As advised, he returned to the rehab seeking assistance. Joe was still extremely intoxicated when he arrived at the rehab center. He was transported to a detox center as his alcohol level was so very high. That evening, he was dropped back home to his apartment. On April 29th, Joe called the rehab and asked if he could sign himself into the 6 month in-patient program. He was willing to give up his job, his apartment, anything to get well. Sadly, he was turned away due to lack of insurance coverage. Joseph Michael Lavin passed away 64 days later on July 2, 2010. The cause of death was determined to be acute alcohol intoxication coupled with the interaction of the consumption of oxycodone tablets. No one wanted help more than Joe yet he was denied the help and care he so desperately needed. Joey’s story is a compelling one that needs to be told in order to effect change for so many others like him!   Joe’s life was abruptly cut short but he led a substantive one. All who truly knew Joe would attest to his character. He was the personification of integrity, honesty, and loyalty. He possessed a phenomenal work ethic. His family was awed by the response to Joe’s passing by all who loved him here in New Jersey.  If you were fortunate enough to be his friend, you knew you had found a “true” one.   Addiction is a very treatable disease and every person who seeks to be well, deserves the opportunity to obtain treatment.
Team Kulsar

Team Kulsar

$1150

Why I am Walking?

I have been inspired by many individuals to raise money for this wonderful cause. I walk in memory of many who have lost their lives to this horrible disease. My dear friend Elaine lost her son George Tizzano and formed this wonderful fundraiser with the help of “The Center” to raise awareness in his memory and others to change the face of addiction.   I have a daughter who’s life has been altered and severely affected by this horrible disease since she is 14 years old. She is now serving time in prison with a 7 year sentence for committing a crime due to her drug addiction while chasing her next high. She has 1.5 years left and hopefully with the help of this wonderful organization she will be able to come out and find her place sober and clean and able to help others.   Please help me raise money for this organization to save and change the lives and stigma of addition.
Team Brian

Team Brian

$864
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WHY I AM WALKING?

People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) hosted a walk in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction. The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.
Team Eric Burns

Team Eric Burns

$745

Team Eric Burns

People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) hosted a walk in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction.   The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.
Board of Directors

Board of Directors

$1070
Join My Team THE REASON WE WALK People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) hosted a walk in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction. The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction. This team consists of individuals, family members, business owners, lawyers, and Professors, who comprise the Board of Directors of the Center for Prevention. We serve on the Board because we are passionate about what the Center can provide for our community and we support the Center and our wonderful Staff. Please consider donating to this important cause!
Team Michael White

Team Michael White

$865
Join My Team THE REASON WE WALK People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) hosted a walk in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction. The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction. This team consists of individuals, family members, business owners, lawyers, and Professors, who comprise the Board of Directors of the Center for Prevention. We serve on the Board because we are passionate about what the Center can provide for our community and we support the Center and our wonderful Staff. Please consider donating to this important cause!
Team Damien Holbrook

Team Damien Holbrook

$850
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JOIN TEAM DAMIEN HOLBROOK!

People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) hosted a walk in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction. The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.
Team Eddie

Team Eddie

$680
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Why I am walking

Born and raised in Sussex County, there are so many memories of growing up and raising my kids here. I care deeply about my community and am hoping my family, friends and colleagues will show their support to help raise funds to assist those in Sussex County struggling with addiction and in need of treatment and recovery supports.

I have renamed my team to be Team Eddie, in memory of a young man gone too soon. Eddie Flanagan was the 29 year old beloved son of friends that I went to high school with, Jim and Connie Flanagan. Eddie was a gentle soul who enjoyed spending time with family and friends. He was a caring and loving person who went out of his way to help everyone and anyone he could, especially those who had no one else. As described by his sister Tara, “Eddie was the most caring, loving and devoted son, brother and uncle that anyone could have ever asked for. He had a light that came from within that would brighten the whole room. He cared for everyone and would do anything to help anyone. Eddie loved his family and friends more than life. He is loved and will be missed more than we could ever express.”

People with substance use disorders are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones, neighbors and friends. Individuals may struggle for years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling, the non-profit agency I have been working for 19 years, started this walk with family and friends in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction. This is our 5th walk with a purpose to raise money to help those struggling. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction as they find their path to recovery. Contribute to this cause and come join us on August 3rd by walking in person or virtually! Thank you for your support, Becky Carlson

Sussex County Recovery Community

Sussex County Recovery Community

$550
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Sussex County Recovery Community

We represent a group of people dedicated to helping people and families in recovery by raising awareness, working toward solutions and promoting recovery. Some of us are in recovery from addiction, some of us are family members in recovery, some of us are allies of recovery and many of us have lost loved ones to addiction. This walk was started in memory of two young men that passed away, and one hundred percent of your donation goes directly to The Center for Prevention & Counseling to help people that cannot afford treatment.
Team Heath-Wallace

Team Heath-Wallace

$425
 

Join Team Heath-Wallace!

The 5th Annual Changing the Face of Addiction Walk is on Saturday, August 3, 2019 in Franklin. I am excited to be able to recruit walkers and donors to support my team! Please read on to learn more! – Rachel

Why am I Walking?

Many of you know I work in the field of addiction and recovery. I witness the devastation of addiction on a daily basis. There is a ripple effect that creates pain for many people involved, including family, friends, children, and the individual diagnosed with a substance use disorder. What I also know is that there is HOPE in recovery, and healing IS POSSIBLE for all! I have witnessed this first hand in my personal life, and I see transformation happen on a daily basis in my professional life. We need more funding to provide support to those afflicted and affected by addiction.
Team Jaywalkers

Team Jaywalkers

$500
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WHY I AM WALKING?

People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) hosted a walk in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction. The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction
Team Rob

Team Rob

$285
Join My Team THE REASON WE WALK People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) hosted a walk in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction. The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.
Friends of Troy

Friends of Troy

$110
Join Team Vernon Coalition  

Why I Am Walking

Help support this worthy cause in honor of a special person who left us far too early. People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) hosted a walk in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction. The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.
Forward Franklin

Forward Franklin

$245
Join My Team   JOIN OUR TEAM! People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) hosted a walk in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction.   The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.
Team Wynne

Team Wynne

$100
 

In memory of our son Christopher Wynne

The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction. Thank you for your support and donation! Terence & Kristin Wynne
Team Never Forgotten

Team Never Forgotten

$85
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THE REASON WE WALK

On July 19, 2018 at 10 o’clock at night, I received a call that would forever change my life, except I was sleeping. Unaware of what the following morning would bring. I woke up that next morning and did my normal routine, got dressed and got everything ready for work. On my way into work, I received a text message that my brother had OD’d and was in ICU. The world stopped moving at that point. I completely lost it. I rushed to the hospital only to find my brother on life support, a shell of the person he once was. He had lost oxygen to his brain for several minutes and although he had a heartbeat, the doctors doubted there was any brain function. My brother had been clean for weeks. He was working hard as always and trying to stay on the straight and narrow. That day the addiction just crept in and stole him for the last time. We as a family had hoped for a miracle, praying that we would show up at the hospital and he would be there all cheery and goofy and well, alive. That miracle never came. On July 21, 2 days after overdosing my brother went into cardiac arrest and died. I don’t hide behind his addiction. I want to bring awareness, I don’t want anyone to ever go through what my family went through. I don’t want him to be forgotten. This is why I walk, this is why WE walk. “God grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; And wisdom to know the difference. “
Brian Ford

Brian Ford

$195
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Celebrating 36 Years of Recovery

JOIN MY TEAM! I am Walking to celebrate 36 years of Recovery and to support the efforts of the Center for Prevention and Counseling in Changing The Face of Addiction. I am asking my family, my friends, and especially those in recovery to join my team in this WALK on August 3rd. You also can join the team as a virtual walker so please help sustain the efforts of the Center for Prevention and Counseling by donating. Thank you. The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.
Team SC Democratic Committee

Team SC Democratic Committee

$185
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WHY I AM WALKING?

THE SUSSEX DEMS SUPPORT POLICIES THAT PROVIDE EDUCATION ABOUT EARLY INTERVENTION, EXPANDS ACCESS TO PREVENTION AND TREATMENT PROGRAMS, AND SUPPORT RECOVERY. The Center For Prevention and Counseling provides invaluable services to all Sussex County residents who need help with substance abuse problems. We are walking with them to help bring awareness about this epidemic that has affected all of us. Our donations will help to make sure they are able to continue to provide these much needed resources to our family, friends and neighbors.
Closer to fine

Closer to fine

$60

Welcome to Team Closer to Fine!

We are raising money to support The Center for Prevention and Counseling in Newton, NJ…a place very close to our hearts through a Recovery Walk. The Center provides essential services for those in our area struggling with addiction and seeking help to lead a clean, healthy life.
Recovery is Awesome

Recovery is Awesome

$50

JOIN MY TEAM!

My name is Jeff and I am someone in long term recovery. So many of my friends and family have been effected by this terrible disorder. So many people don’t know about recovery or are to scared due to the Stigma that surrounds this disorder . Please help me in changing that Stigma. People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.
Team Lakeland Bank

Team Lakeland Bank

$45
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THE REASON WE WALK

People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) hosted a walk in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction. The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.
Team Vernon Coalition

Team Vernon Coalition

$25
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JOIN TEAM VERNON COALITION!

People who struggle with substance use disorders are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends.  However, PEOPLE CAN RECOVER! Everyone deserves the chance to treatment & recovery services to regain control of their lives. The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. 100% of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction. We invite you to JOIN TEAM VERNON COALITION and add YOUR spirit and support to this cause that impacts us all!
Team Coalition for Healthy & Safe Communities

Team Coalition for Healthy & Safe Communities

$25
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JOIN COALITION FOR HEALTHY & SAFE COMMUNITIES TEAM!

People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. For the past four years, The Center for Prevention & Counseling has hosted a walk in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction. The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center for Prevention & Counseling to help clients in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.
Team Chaparro

Team Chaparro


JOIN MY TEAM!

People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) hosted a walk in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction. The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.
Team Borras

Team Borras


Melissa Marie Borras

2/19/1990 – 8/3/2015 She was an amazing daughter, incredible sister, loving aunt, and an awesome friend. Like many others her addiction started with prescription opiates that were prescribed to her. Her life was short but she left a mark in so many lives. She is missed tremendously. My heart goes out to everyone who’s lost a loved one to this epidemic and to those who are still trying to find their way through it.   People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) hosted a walk in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction.   The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction. Donate to Team Borras   Written by Alicia Cook : Drug Addiction is a family disease. It has such a large ripple effect, the collateral damage is immense, and what is hit the most and the hardest by its shrapnel are the loved ones.   Drug addiction causes parents to outlive their children. It causes jail time and homelessness. It causes sisters to mourn their siblings. It causes nieces to never meet their aunts. It causes you to miss someone standing right in front of you because there is an absence before the exit.   Drug addiction causes you to wonder if each unexpected phone call is “the” phone call. I know what it’s like to be hurt so badly and made so sick, a part of you wishes you would just get “the” phone call if nothing is going to change. You want that finality. You need the cycle to end. I know what it’s like to hate yourself for even allowing yourself to find relief in that horrible thought.   It causes the “yesterdays” to outnumber the “tomorrows.” It causes things to break; like the law, trust, and homes.   Drug addiction causes statistics to rise and knees to fall, as praying seems like the only thing left to do sometimes.   I used to hear “you can’t let it get to you like this,” or “just cut them out.” Just cut them out — as if they were nothing more than a one dimensional character on a poorly written crime drama. I am met with sympathy now, but more so, sadly, I am met with complete and utter understanding from people who can directly identify with my situation.   As more and more families are affected by addiction, I hear less and less from the peanut galleries. Perhaps they are too busy still thinking it could never happen to them. Or, more realistically, they are terrified that it can
Team Purdie

Team Purdie

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WHY I AM WALKING?

People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) hosted a walk in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction. The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.
Team James

Team James

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WHY I AM WALKING?

Four years ago this summer- James Price – Son – Brother- Brother-in-law – Uncle -Cousin and Friend was set free of his addiction and struggle. I am humbled to walk in memory of his courageous and loving spirit. Our hearts and spirit live on forever. I know this because I have eyes to see all the signs that come my way. When I saw this opportunity to give back and help someone receive the help that is greatly needed I became very hopeful. This cause is so very dear to my heart ❤️ Please join me in supporting the Center for Prevention and Counseling as I walk on August 3 – Changing the Face of Addiction Walk 10-1 Franklin Five Pavilion Franklin NJ. If you are unable to walk a Virtual Donation will be greatly appreciated. Changing one life at a time! With a grateful heart. A LITTLE ABOUT JAMES: Jay – loved nature -🌵 plants 🌲 trees 🌙 moon ✨ stars – asking people how things were going ❤️ He had a grateful heart and heart of gold💛flowers🌹sunsets 🌅 🎶 music and he had courage ❤️🌈❤️
#ONEWALKATATIME

#ONEWALKATATIME

Join My Team   JOIN OUR TEAM!   People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) hosted a walk in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction.   The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. Most people who have the disease of addiction are ashamed or embarrassed and often do not seek help. Their families often feel the same shame. WE can change that!   Addiction does not discriminate and will impact every person in one way or another. If not them directly, it will be their brother, sister, parent, child, spouse, co worker, boss, best friend…WE need to change how this disease is perceived so that more can be saved!   One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.
Never Give Up Hope

Never Give Up Hope

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Never Give Up Hope

People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) hosted a walk in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction.   The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.
Team Mike

Team Mike

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JOIN TEAM MIKE!

People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) hosts a walk in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction.  This year the walk is on August 3, 2019. The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction. Mike was always helping someone, he was “that guy that would give you the shirt off of his back”.  What better way to honor him then to raise money in his memory to help others struggling??
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Team Jeremy

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Why I Walk

I walk to spread awareness in memory of my Son Jeremy who lost his battle on June 5, 2017 with co-occurring disorders of Bipolar and addiction We need a cultural shift in understanding Addiction. Most addiction begins with attempts to relieve physical or psychic pain and doesn’t take long to change the structure of the brain and become a disease in itself.  

A Little Bit About Jeremy

Jeremy was a special son, brother, uncle, nephew, grandson and friend. Loved by all. He was funny, kind, and thoughtful. He had not found a medicine without side effects to manage his bipolar. He thought he had found his answer but it didn’t take long for his life to be taken away by fentanyl toxicity. Since dealers have been passing off fentanyl for other drugs deaths have tripled. Youth need to be aware of this increase in danger.  
Team Danny Thomas

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My name is Danny Thomas and I am an alcoholic. I am an ACOA, an adult child of alcoholic parents who desires to recover from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional family. I am a father to a beautiful and amazing baby boy named Ciro, who will be 2 years of age on 06-14-2018. i have worked in the Social & Human services for over 16 years, providing the needed therapeutic supports to patients, groups, and families. I was passionate to help others, unfortunately, the person that needed the most help was me. I finally asked for help, the true “First Step” for me, and as of 03-05-2108, I am on my road of recovering. I am finally Drunk On Sobriety and SOBER AF !!!
 

Why Walk?


 

People who become addicted to alcohol and other drugs are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, husbands, wives, cousins, loved ones and friends. Individuals may struggle for many years to regain control of their lives. The Center for Prevention and Counseling (The Center) is hosting a walk in memory of two young men from Sussex County who lost their struggle with addiction. The purpose of this walk is to change how addiction and individuals who struggle with substance use disorders are perceived. One hundred percent of your donation will go directly to The Center to help those in need of services to aid them in their struggle with addiction.

 

Changing the Face of Addiction will be held on August 3rd 2019. The event will included a one and a half mile walk, speakers, refreshments, music and local resources. *All donations are 100% tax deductible. The Center for Prevention and Counseling is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency


The 4th annual Changing the Face of Addiction Walk was a huge success! After a rainy start to the morning, the sky was blue by 9 am. Many of our amazing staff and volunteers were there by 8am (OR earlier!) setting up so that when the crowds arrived, we were ready to go. A lot of work went into this day. All of that work raised awareness and money- and while we don’t have the final numbers yet, it looks like we raised over $55,000.

 

Meeting family members from our 20+ teams was overwhelming, knowing the loss they each had. But they were proud to be there, grateful to be able to talk about their loved ones, and glad to be at a place where they could share their pain and struggles along with the many memories they have of those they lost. One team, Team Ryan, raised over $6000 and had 71 people there on their team - check out their team photo on the hillside. 

 

A big thank you to the many police officers that volunteered their time, and were stationed along the route to help keep our walkers safe. Becky stopped to thank every officer personally for coming out and supporting our event. The SC Police Chief Association also supported the walk with a $500 donation! 

 

Thank you also to all Board members for their support, to Thor for running along the route as we walked to get so many great photos and also photos from the entire event, and to our entire staff for their hard work and dedication. Truly it takes a team, and Team CFPC was amazing!