Third annual Recovery RockFest brings awareness to addiction recovery

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A community celebration was held Saturday in order to continue bringing awareness to addiction recovery.

“You can have joy without something artificial behind it,” Recovery RockFest host Bo Dean said.

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Having fun sober is what Recovery RockFest was all about.

“Knowing that we have such an opioid crisis and not just opioids, but also people who suffer from alcoholism, we wanted to be able to show people that recovery is possible,” Recovery RockFest director Nyla Cione said.

Cione said this was her way of helping the community and inspiring others.



“It’s important to me because it allows me to get a chance to give back. I personally have been in long term recovery for over 25 years and I’m willing to just put my hand up and say you’re not alone. If it helps to save one life I’m here to do that,”¬†Cione said.

She also said Recovery RockFest was not just for those suffering with addiction. Everyone and anyone was welcome.

“It’s not just for people that may be looking to make a connection that has been struggling, but also for the families who have been affected. For us to come and be more of a unity all of us together, and to create that from a base of love, and support, and understanding,” Cione said.

While there was music and activities for people to enjoy the overall message was much deeper.

“This is a great example of an opportunity to show that there is a life outside of substance abuse,” Dean said.

The event director also said she plans to continue having this every year and hopes it continues to grow.