Local recovery and rehabilitation services will be joining forces in the March Against Heroin, which will be held Mar. 25.
Beginning at 11 a.m., at Spartan Stadium, 56 James St., in Portsmouth, the event will feature various speakers and musical acts. Booths with treatment addiction and treatment options, along with a needle exchange, will be set up.
Those seeking help, but lack insurance, will have the opportunity to have their rehabilitation and recovery treatment programs paid in full through treatment facility donations. According to event organizer, Kortney Calver, donations given the day of the event will go towards transportation costs, since some of these programs are located in Florida and California.
Calver herself is a recovered addict and will be celebrating six years of sobriety on March 19.
“Every day I wake up and I think ‘there’s absolutely no way I’m going back to that life now,’ I went down a really dark road and became homeless. I was living on the streets of a city I knew nothing about, I lost my kids, I willingly gave up my kids to my mother because I could not take care of them. I robbed, stole, lied, cheated, manipulated, took everything from anybody I could, if you loved me, then I hurt you,” explained Calver. “My kids suffered the most, I nearly lost my daughter due to my own actions in active addiction, it’s been a long road. I got into some trouble and it sent me to treatment and I’ve been clean every since. I was shown the way out and I took it and ran with it. Now I speak all over and share my story to let people know that there’s something different out there. I didn’t think it when I was out there, I was lost, defeated and broken and I did not think there was any way out. Now it’s my duty, it’s my job to try and help others.”
The line-up for the march will begin at 2:30 p.m. and the march will begin at 3 p.m. and will be routed through the East end of Portsmouth.
“We’re not trying to scare or intimidate people, we just want them to know that there are people who are willing to help them and they can turn things around,” said Calver.
Speakers include, Mama Duke from the F**k Heroin Foundation, CBS Survivor Winner Rodney Lavoisier, Brandon Novack from Jackass, R.J. Vied, Rich Walters, Andrew Hager, James Sweasy, Lawson Duckworth, Blake Evans and more.
Entertainment will be provided by Raw World Revival, Chris Daglio, Chanda Lynn, and Kevin Cochran.
All speakers and performers have either been through the recovery process themselves, or have been directly affected by heroin use in some way.
“We want to show people that you can have fun in recovery, and our speakers and entertainers are the perfect example of that. They serve as an example that there is a way out, and these people have been through it,” said Calver.
The event is free and open to the public.