September is National Recovery Awareness Month.
"I think if you look at statistics they say one in every fifteen people is affected by someone with an addiction. So if it's not an individual it's not immediate family, it's friends community, coworkers, but I think really anybody is touched by an addiction," said Jann Johnson, Assistant Director of ReGroup.
Treatment Centers in the metro come together to put on the 4th Annual Recovery Walk.
People gather at Lindenwood Park to hear recovering addicts share their story and learn about different resources .
"I think sharing your personal story touches home with people that they are not unique. Hey, other people are going through the same thing and struggles in their life and look at them, they were able to make it through and strive," said Andrew Kreft.
The walk promotes awareness of substance use disorders and remembers those that have been lost as a result.
"September is National Recovery Month, so the walk first started just to try to bring more awareness of recovery to the community and really try to bridge the gap between people in recovery and the rest of the community," said walk organizer Marsha Wichmann.
The group walked one mile together before enjoying a barbecue.