The Recovery Project Rally

September 27, 2008

Inspired by the success of their critically acclaimed program Intervention, the A&E television network has launched an initiative to raise awareness about addiction and recovery. The effort known as the Recovery Project began with a rally at Brooklyn’s Cadman Plaza, followed by a march across the Brooklyn Bridge.

In a press release, Bob DeBitetto, president and general manager of the A&E Network and Bio Channel said, “We believe that the considerable reach of A&E Network provides a powerful platform to address, head-on, this enormous public health issue and the urgent need for meaningful action. ‘Intervention’ served as a wake-up call to the fact that addiction is a disease pervading every aspect of our society. Nobody is immune, and everyone deserves a chance to fight for his or her recovery.”

Despite the morning’s drizzle and fog, thousands of recovering addicts came out today. Some were decades into their recovery, others had been clean only a few days, but all hoped that they could help others understand that addiction is a treatable disease and recovery is possible.

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Gathering in the park

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Worker distributing t-shirts

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In recovery for four months and nine months

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Daughter with mother 15 years in recovery

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In recovery since May 10th

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In recovery for 19 years

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In recovery for 10 years, new in recovery

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In recovery for 13 years

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In recovery for 28 months

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In recovery for 35 years

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In recovery for 60 days

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Family from Trenton, NJ

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In recovery for 8 1/2 months

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In recovery for 25 years

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Crossing the bridge with a cigarette and a lollipop

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In recovery for 12 years

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In recovery for 19 days

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In recovery for 23 years

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Crossing Brooklyn Bridge together

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In recovery for 13 years

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Walking across the bridge

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In recovery “and I vote”

A&E: The Recovery Project
A&E: Recovery Rally
A&E: Intervention

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