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MADISON — A balloon presentation decorated Main Street in Madison with blue balloons as representatives from Boone Memorial Hospital and its recovery program, Brighter Futures, gathered at noon on Monday, Sept. 27.

The balloons were placed but not released in memory of those lost to a substance abuse disorder or a drug overdose.

September serves as National Recovery Month and is observed to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery.

Members of the recovery community, staff members and current and former patients were in attendance.

Brighter Futures serves as a hub for a larger program including the Quick Response Team — peer recovery coaches in the Emergency Room working as advocates for individuals in active addiction or recovery, while also working with local family and drug court initiatives.

Services currently offered by Brighter Futures include:

  • Medication-assisted treatment (MAT)
  • Clinical assessments
  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Referral services
  • Quick Response Team (QRT)
  • Career placement
  • Career-readiness training
  • Worksite monitoring
  • Social services
  • Prevention
  • Spiritual care
  • Peer recovery support

Brighter Futures is located on the fourth floor of the Hill Chiropractic Building at 467 Main St., Madison. Email brighterfutures@bmh.org or call 304-369-7876.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at 304-307-2401.

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