GRAMPIAN – During a Recovery and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Day celebration, the Bilger’s Rocks Association offered “understanding walk-a-bouts” through the rock park during clean-up activities Saturday at Bilger’s Rocks in Grampian.
The Recovery Day offered attendees live musical entertainment as well as an opportunity to explore the rock park and its trails. Tours were also available by association members who provided geological explanations of the rocks.
September is recognized as Recovery Month across the nation. The Recovery Day is classified as any kind of affliction, according to Terry O’Connor, who currently serves as the board chairman of the BRA.
Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover, according to the Recovery Month web site.
“These are in celebration of two nationally recognized outreach programs in many ways complementing each other. One is the park and forest recovery action, and the other is family and individual recovery from heath afflictions. In some instances, folks will choose one or the other to participate in. However, some will choose both, for constructive reasons that are both heath producing and a way to give back,'” O’Connor said.
During the Recovery Day at Bilger’s Rocks, it was a leisurely afternoon; those participating were able to assist in picking up any garbage around the rocks, so they can continue to keep Pennsylvania beautiful. “Activity is the best way to get out of their blues,” O’Connor said. “Anyone not affected can come celebrate and enjoy, too.”