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Jul 24

Shepherd’s House holds 5K and Fun Run for addiction recovery programs – ABC 36 News – WTVQ

More than 700 runners woke up bright and early for the 23rd annual event

LEXINGTON, Ky (WTVQ)- While Keeneland is known for its racing, on Saturday it was the site of another race: The Shepherds House Run for Recovery.

More than 700 runners woke up bright and early for the 23rd annual event, including Anthony Russell.

I know some guys in recovery, Im also in recovery myself so Im out here supporting the entire thing, the training, the running, Shepards House, said Russell.

Russell is nearly one year sober. He says running and exercise a re playing a big part in his journey towards a full recovery.

Im a big believer in running, physical fitness for improving mental health, physical health, all that, said Russell.

Money raised from the event will go towards the heart of the Shepherds House mission, which is to provide programs, transitional housing, and other resources to help men and women get sober from alcohol and drug addictions

Its our biggest fundraiser of the year, so we count on it because this money goes a long way that we can help people. Weve grown astronomically over the last 5 years. We now treat over 500 people per day across 19 treatment centers, said Shepherds House president and CEO Jarod Thomas.

Many of the people they serve wouldnt otherwise have that opportunity if it werent for that funding.

They come to us from various places. Sometimes theyre coming to us from jails, sometimes theyre just coming to us as referrals. And we take them in we can provide housing for them or we can provide outpatient therapy services, inpatient therapy services, said Alex Winn-Marvin, a therapist at the non-profit.

The Shepherds House has also helped some of its own staff, like Roger Fox, who arrived in 2015 right out of prison.

The program was able to provide me with some life skills and daily living skills to be successful in recovery, so for us to be able to take that and give it back to somebody else, and then watch them turn around and give it back to somebody else is a very fulfilling experience, said Fox, who is now the vice president of the Shepherds House.

For those who are still dealing with addiction, Russell has some advice.

Find someone, talk to someone. Dont keep it inside. Talk to someone, theres plenty of meetings, look online. Theres so many people willing to help, you just have to ask, said Russell.

You can find resources to help in addiction recovery below:

Alcoholics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous

Suicide and Crisis Hotline

Dial 988

CSS Wellness

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