Health Check: Recovery month kick-off

There are two sides to this year's recovery quilt. So many stories are told in just a few words.

A week ago, Holly Cekala says her brother died as a result of his addiction to alcohol.

"My daughter and I made a quilt square last year at the rally and this was in memory of my niece and nephew. Both of those kids died of an overdose a year apart from each other," she said.

"Addiction touches everyone and whether it be a loved one or a friend or a coworker it really does affect everyone so the possibility of people getting better and doing well should make everybody smile."

And Cekala has reason to smile. She's in long-term recovery.

And that's the reason for National Recovery Month, to instill hope while remembering those who lost their way.

"Recovery is not only possible. It's probable," said Jim Gillen.

Gillen should know. He's in long-term recovery and the organizer of the kickoff at Roger Williams Medical Center.

"Roger Williams has been a huge partner over the years. A lot of people have launched their recovery journey at Center 1 at Roger Williams," he said.

"It takes a lot of perseverance because it doesn't happen easily to most people. There's a lot of standing up, falling down, standing up, falling down," said Dr. Vincent Marcaccio of Roger Williams Medical Center.

The third time was the charm for Cekala.

"I would say the key is to stay motivated. If it doesn't work the first time, don't stop trying. Try, try again," she said.

Rhode Island has accomplished so much in its recovery efforts that it will play host to the national Rally4Recovery.

"This is a big deal. We're expecting about 12,000 people," Gillen said.

The national rally is scheduled for Sept. 21 at WaterFire.