MORRIS PLAINS, NJ - Over 300 runners came out to support those in recovery by participating in the 2019 Race for Recovery on Thursday July 4. The race, sponsored by the Market Street Mission is so much more than a race. It is a way for the community to help support those struggling to free themselves from addiction.
“This event is designed to provide information for people but also provide support for those individuals who are in recovery and to let them know they aren’t alone," said Susan Bosworth of the Market Street Mission. “There are so many families that are affected with drugs these days".
Bosworth has worked with the Market Street Mission for twenty years and is proud of the 5K race because of its significance to the recovery process.
The race took place at the Central Park of Morris County and saw Colin Schweitzer of Lebanon cross the finish line first with a time of 18:07.0. Andrew Gelston of Morristown placed second with a time of 18:36.9 and Connor Palk of Whippany secured third place with a time of 18:46.5.
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In addition to the 5K run, there was also a family walk that got started a few minutes after the 5K runners began. There was a DJ present as well as people dressed as super heroes. Flash and Superman posed for pictures and explained that the people fighting the recovery battle are the real heroes.
The Life Change Recovery Program at the Market Street Mission has 4 phases. Individuals begin with the Pre-Program which lasts for about 1 month. During phase Pre-Program the individual will be assessed and then learn about what the program entails. The next step is Phase 1 which lasts for 3-6 months. During phase 1, the individual will focus on their work ethic. Work therapy as well as individual therapy is provided. Weekly accountability
and short and long term goals are set. Phase 2 lasts for about 3 months. During Phase 2 the individual learns about preventing a relapse, anger management and building healthy relationships. Phase 3 lasts from 3 months or more. Phase 3 focuses on after care which entails transitioning, employment, and family and church integration.