In September for National Recovery Month, we kicked off the event with “Rhymes not Crimes.” This event allowed us to have a lively discussion with parents and youth on substance abuse prevention. They examined hip-hop lyrics and held an open dialogue about substance abuse as seen through the eyes of young people. Our goal is to encourage prevention and increase awareness on the impact of hip-hop lyrics as associated with the thinking and behavior of youth as it relates to substance abuse.
We had a National Recovery Month panel discussion at the Fulton County Accountability Court following our “Rhymes not Crimes” event. Clients, clinicians, and alumni discussed what life is like after drug court. Many people we able to express themselves through rap, spoken word and a singing contest through an event we sponsored called “Recovery Express Yourself.”