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On Sunday, April 10th, 2016, the recovery community in Annapolis (and surrounding areas) joined together for a good cause. Hoops for Hope was an event that pitted Anne Arundel County police officers against a team of recovering addicts in a friendly game of basketball. The event raised over $1000 for Anne Arundel Community College’s Collegiate Recovery Center, as well as for the fifth annual Recovery Walk, to be held this September in Annapolis.

Competition for Good

Hoops for Hope was an amazing reminder of the power of community, and the hope that there is in recovery. I guarantee you that there was a point in time that not a single one of the players on the Dope Shots team (the recovering addicts) would have predicted that they would one day be participating in such an event, with real camaraderie towards a team of police officers (aptly named, the Game Changers). But participate they did.

The game was heated, with both teams playing their hearts out. The game ended in double overtime, 54-50, with the addicts pulling ahead in the final seconds. But even in the tense spirit of competition, both the Dope Shots and Game Changers remained cheerful- smiling, laughing, and even helping up members of the opposite team after a fall.

A Warm Reminder

While support for and appreciation for the Anne Arundel County Police was definitely present at the game, the stands were also packed with the family, children, friends, and other loved ones of the Dope Shots- a moving reminder of the amazing gifts of recovery from addiction or alcoholism. The recovery community in this area is clearly still strong and committed, despite devastating losses in the last few years. Events like this serve not only to raise money for addiction awareness and prevention, but in and of themselves, help to increase awareness of and reduce the stigma of addiction.

Ask for Help

If you are struggling with addiction, this community is ready and willing to help you down a path of recovery. It is possible to be happy, joyous, and free from addiction, and to clear away the weight and baggage of the past. You just have to ask for help.

For more information on recovering from your addiction, call 1-800-203-2024.