MAYOR MARTY WALSH DELIVERS AN ADDRESS AT CELEBRATE RECOVERY! BREAKFAST 2018 THAT CAPTURED AN AUDIENCE OF OVER 300 PEOPLE IN LOWELL
"You could hear a pin drop" said one attendee at the 2018 Celebrate Recovery Breakfast on September 25, 2018, as guest speaker Mayor Marty Walsh recounted his years as a "fall down flat on my face alcoholic". Known for his honesty and direct forward approach, the Mayor talked about his early struggles, his final resolution to achieve sobriety and the start of his political career in the House of Representatives barely a year and one half sober. He thanked Lowell House for a chance to speak about his victory over addiction, what it meant to him and so many of his friends and colleagues. "Taking the time to talk about the victories over addiction is so important and, for even a short time, to not talk about the deadly nature of this epidemic." The mayor was introduced by his long-time friend and colleague Michael Botticelli, the CEO of the Grayken Center in Boston and the former "Drug Czar" under president Obama. The voices of recovery, Dan Rondeau and Lauren Spector talked from the heart about their recent struggles with addiction and how they've supported each other through some "pretty bad times." Dan's grandfather, Ray Derocher, expressed the sense of relief, "now that my grandson is in a stable recovery, I can sleep again at night!" The event was opened up by the hauntingly beautiful songs of inspiration from Karen Donovan and the River of Divine Mercy Singers. It was a truly amazing 90 minutes.