4th Annual Malden Overcoming Addiction Candlelight Memorial Vigil

4th Annual Malden Overcoming Addiction Candlelight Memorial Vigil

The 4’th Annual Malden Overcoming Addiction Candlelight Memorial Vigil was held on October 7’th. The event honored 230 individuals who lost their battle with substance use disorder.

The night began with a candlelight walk beginning on the steps of Malden High School. A group of 150 people marched to the courtyard holding candles in memory of those who passed. The vigil then moved indoors where MOA Vice President Dan Ko opened with a prayer and many people shared stories and memories that demonstrate the impact of this disease on the lives it touches.

Robyn Houston-Bean, a mother who lost her son Nick, spoke beautifully and powerfully on her son’s struggle and her subsequent commitment to our recovery community creating awareness, spreading hope and offering grief support services.

Domenic DiSario and Marco Albanese shared their powerful life stories of addiction and recovery.

Speakers for the vigil also included State Senator Jason Lewis, Malden Mayor Gary Christensen and MOA President Paul Hammersley. Hammersley spoke of his experience, loved ones lost and continued hope for the future.

The most poignant and somber moment came when 230 names were read with a bell being rung by Malden Fire Department’s Assistant Chief Billy Sullivan after each name signifying the loss of each beautiful soul taken too soon.

Closing the night, Aaron Reeves played guitar and sang a heartfelt song written for the occasion, followed by Dan Ko reciting a closing prayer

MOA would like to thank everyone who came out for this special night of remembrance.

2018 #TogetherWeCan Comedy Night

2018 #TogetherWeCan Comedy Night

Over 300 people turned out to support the ongoing efforts of Malden Overcoming Addiction (MOA) at their second annual #TogetherWeCan Comedy Night to raise money to support recovery programs and initiatives for individuals battling the disease of addiction. Mayor Gary Christenson, State Representatives Paul Donato and Steve Ultrino and local elected officials joined MOA members as well as supporters in the community. The event was held at the Irish American and featured local comedians.

The evening also included auction items and raffles and raised $12,500 which will assist MOA to continue their mission to connect the community with addiction support and recovery services, stop the stigma of addiction, as well as eliminate overdose fatalities in Malden.

2018 #MaldenStopTheStigma Day

2018 #MaldenStopTheStigma Day

Thank you to everyone who showed their support yesterday (especially our students) and for participating in our online campaign #MaldenStopTheStigma day. The day exceeded our expectations and was a huge success!

Stigma is one of the leading barriers for people with substance use disorder who are seeking treatment; we must remove the stigma associated with substance use to help create change and improve the health of our community.

We know this will not happen overnight but together we are moving in the right direction.

We also would like to thank Superintendent John Oteri and all the Malden Public Schools as well as the Cheverus School and Malden Catholic High School for allowing MOA to visit and help educate our students on stigma! #TogetherWeCan 

More pictures here!


3rd Recovery Coach Academy!

MOA adds 32 to recovery coach program!

Thanks to a grant from the Malden Fire and Police Departments and coordination help from Malden Human Services and Community Outreach Director Karen Colón Hayes, Malden Overcoming Addiction has just completed its third CCAR Recovery Coach Academy. These academies have trained a total of 83 area volunteers as recovery coaches. These recovery coaches are available, free of charge, to guide and assist Maldonians who may be experiencing substance use or other addiction issues.

Malden Mayor Gary Christenson and Malden Police Chief Kevin Molis were on hand at the Malden Senior Center for the academy's graduation to offer words of thanks and encouragement to the 32 newest graduates.

MOA also has the vision to help those with substance use disorder in the vulnerable time after they get out of treatment where many quickly realize that leaving the hospital and returning to their typical way of life, often leads to relapse. Most people new to recovery are overwhelmed as they try to navigate picking up the pieces and putting their lives back together. MOA's concern for people in this vulnerable time after treatment has spurred their vision for opening what they would call The Bridge Recovery Center in Malden. They feel that helping support people in the time after they leave treatment is key in battling this pandemic and they have been working tirelessly to lobby state and local official for support for this center. Follow their progress on their website www.maldenovercomingaddiction.com.