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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The Foundry Ministries and The Addiction Prevention Coalition partnered in prayer with the community to kick off Red Ribbon Week in Bessemer.

Bessemer Mayor Kenneth Gulley said they are appreciative of the Foundry for helping to raise awareness about substance abuse with the event on Thursday.

Residents of the Foundry and their guests were among the many wearing red shirts or ribbons outside the Foundry Worship Center.  They released red balloons just before a prayer and worship service.

Sandor Cheka with the Addiction Prevention Coalition said this partnership is “a great opportunity with the Foundry to acknowledge the fact that prevention is not just about kids, its about the entire community coming together and dealing with this from a recovery stand point, but also on the front end as well.”

Red Ribbon Week is Friday October 23rd-31st. Here’s a link so you sign the pledge to be drug free.

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Community members discussed steps toward fighting substance abuse during a Whatever It Takes forum.

The forum took place at Shades Crest Baptist Church on Monday, Sept. 28 as a way to work toward a plan against drug addiction.

Sandor Cheka, executive director of the Addiction Prevention Coalition, started the conversation by discussing some of addiction’s underlying causes. One issue behind addiction, Cheka said, is the “conspiracy of silence.” This problem stems from a desire to hide the bad in life and to avoid conversations about addiction.

“It doesn’t matter who we are or what we do, we don’t like to share our problems,” Cheka said. “We like to put on this façade of ‘everything’s perfect.’”

Avoiding these important conversations because of guilt and shame can lead to more damage and continued addiction, Cheka said. Parents also face these feelings and sometimes won’t reach out for help or ask about resources for their children.



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