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Mountainside Hosts The Remembrance Quilt – A Community Quilting Event
To Honor Memory of Those Lost to Addiction –
Wilton, CT – Mountainside will host The Remembrance Quilt, a community-quilting event entitled, “Gone But Not Forgotten.” The event will honor the memory of those lost to substance use disorders, including opioid addiction.
This event is part of a statewide Remembrance Quilt initiative recently launched by the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), several happening statewide.
“Substance use disorders and opioid-related deaths continue to skyrocket in Connecticut. We are pleased to support the efforts of DHMAS by raising awareness of this non-discriminating disease and build a community of support,” said Thea Diserio Ross, Community Relations Development of Mountainside Wilton Outpatient Office.
“By contributing a square in honor of somebody they lost to addiction, families and friends can send a message that no one is alone. That if you lost someone to addiction, there are others who share your grief, and for those who are actively using, you are loved, recovery is possible and help is available,” said DHMAS Commissioner Delphin-Rittmon.
Participants will create a square in honor of their loved one, which will be added to The Remembrance Quilt, by Connecticut quilting groups and communities who have donated their time and talent to this effort. The quilts will be displayed across Connecticut to pay tribute to those who died and help raise awareness of substance use disorders and addiction.
Every year, approximately 570,000 people die from a substance use disorder in the United States. A report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner found that 729 people died of accidental drug intoxication, or overdose, in Connecticut in 2015.
Quilting events held throughout the state are open to the public. People also may participate by submitting completed squares to DMHAS. For more information about the quilt and how to participate as well as a list of quilting events, please visit the website at www.ct.gov/dmhas/notforgotten.
All are welcome to the event on April 1, 2017, but should register. Mountainside is nationally recognized for the effectiveness of its drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs, located in Wilton, CT and serves towns in the surrounding Fairfield County communities.