LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – First responders across the country are fighting an uptick in overdoses. The spike is being blamed, in part, on addiction recovery meetings being canceled by COVID-19.
With the pandemic winding down, two Lexington sisters are looking to bring those meetings back with a fun new twist.
The women are hosting a tea party for recovering addicts and their families.
Sisters, Brooke Johnson and Rhoni Moffit, know firsthand how hard addiction can be for both the addict and the family. In May, Brooke will be four years clean. However, it hasn’t been an easy road to recovery.
“It was hard for her when she wanted to get clean. So it’s important that we just let people know what we’ve been through and how we’ve overcome it,” said Moffit.
Through Brooke’s journey, she noticed Lexington was lacking unique ways to heal. She was looking for something other than the mundane AA or NA meetings, but it didn’t exist. So, she’s creating the space with her sister to share with people struggling now.
“If you look good, you feel good. Okay?” said Johnson. “We need to look good, so we can feel good. And then, move on with our lives in recovery.”
The tea party will be a fun and classy way to raise awareness about addiction, especially in the black community. Johnson believes there are racial disparities in the road to recovery. She doesn’t think the underserved communities are reached out to enough by recovery organizations.
“We want to change that. We want to bring it to the forefront and let people know we need help too. African American people need help too,” said Johnson.
Despite Johnson and Moffit wanting to help underserved communities, there is no limitation to who can attend the tea party.
The event will take place this Sunday. Panels of professionals from New Vista and UK will speak about the dangers of drugs and alcohol. Recovering addicts and families of addicts will share their stories of triumph as well.
The sisters hope this tea party is the first of many of its kind. And in a few years, Johnson hopes to launch a sober living home for women and children.