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Friday, October 4, 2019

LOS ANGELES—Today, Danny Trejo (Host, Actor and Addiction Recovery Advocate), Fred Roggin (LA Dean of Sports), Big Boy, (from The Voice of LA and host of Big Boy’s Neighborhood), and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) hosted the 45th Al-Impics, the largest constituent-driven recovery event in Los Angeles County, at the Los Angeles Harbor College in Wilmington.

The This great event encourages recovering individuals to join in the spirit of recreation, strive to achieve their respective goals, and contribute to their communities.

is a special one-day event which demonstrates the positive life-enriching experience associated with the recovery process. By bringing together treatment providers, recovering individuals, local communities and community leaders, the Al-Impics promotes the societal benefits of community health through substance abuse prevention and athletic participation. This great event encourages recovering individuals to join in the spirit of recreation, strive to achieve their respective goals, and contribute to their communities.

The theme for the 2019 Al-Impics is “Experience a New Freedom” which also serves as the Recovery Month event for Public Health's Substance Abuse Prevention and Control program (SAPC). The event builds camaraderie among treatment centers, recovering individuals and community leaders. Our hope is that hundreds of recovering teens and adults will find their own freedom as they engage in friendly and recreational activities.

“The Al-Impics unites those who have shared similar experiences and today we celebrate everyone who is on their own road to recovery, whether they have walked the road for decades or have just begun their journey,” said Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd, Director of Los Angeles County Public Health.

Substance use disorder remains a serious public health issue. In Los Angeles County, approximately 2 million people use substances in an unhealthy or risky manner.  SAPC has launched many initiatives to support individuals and communities struggling with substance use disorder treatment.

To learn more about the Al-Impics, visit https://www.al-impics.org.  To learn more about recovery services and the Substance Abuse and Prevention Control program, visit www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/sapc.

If you or someone you know has a substance use disorder, also known as addiction, call the Substance Abuse Service Helpline at 1(844) 804-7500, toll-free, available 24/7 for help and referral to treatment programs in Los Angeles County.