TRENTON — One can enjoy company, entertainment and life without being under the influence of one or more mind-altering substances.
You can find proof of that on Saturday in Trenton, where people will gather for the 3rd Annual “Partying Sober” event, presented by Empowerment House and Trenton United Family Foundation.
The event is open to the public – whether you’ve been sober for a while or have never touched drugs or alcohol, or question your ability to get sober.
“A lot of people wonder what’s next? If I quit drugs, how could I enjoy my birthday? How could I enjoy my accomplishments?” said Juan Rolon, resident of Trenton, president of Empowerment House.
Rolon, 40, has been drug-free since his incarceration at age 18. Now he is a drug and alcohol counselor.
“Being able to counsel and encourage, and promote recovery and relapse prevention, helps me keep my blade sharp,” Rolon said.
Rolon said some substance users trying to clean themselves up may have even more triggers these days, given the launch of recreational marijuana dispensaries in the state.
The charity event is scheduled to take place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Mill Hill Park (East Front and S. Broad St.). A rainy date is forecast for September 17, but the weather for Saturday is looking good.
Participants will be entitled to free food and refreshments, as well as gifts. Event features include music, testimonials, and community providers. There will also be recovery and treatment resources at your fingertips for those who want to learn more about the process.
According to Rolon, harm reduction advocates will be on hand to provide Narcan training and Narcan kits.
Dino Flammia is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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