CFLR Commemorates International Overdose Awareness Day with “Light of Hope” Ceremony on August 31st

Rome, New York – The Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. (CFLR) will hold its annual “Light of Hope” ceremony on Thursday, August 31st on Gigliotti Ave. in Rome, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. This awareness event is a beautiful ceremony held to remember the loved ones lost to suicide and substance abuse, while also recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day.

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is the world’s largest annual campaign to end overdose, remember without stigma those who have died from an overdose, and acknowledge the grief of the family and friends left behind.

The IOAD 2023 theme “Recognizing those people who go unseen” is about acknowledging people in our communities who are affected by overdose but might go unseen in the crisis.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the 12th leading cause of death in the United States for all ages. CFLR works to prevent suicide through education, advocacy, and support for those impacted by suicide.

The “Light of Hope” event acknowledges the profound grief felt by families and friends whose loved ones have died from a drug overdose or suicide. CFLR wants to spread the message that the tragedy of drug overdose death and suicide is preventable. This event is an opportunity for love, compassion, outreach, and healing and creates educational opportunities to lessen the stigma.

CFLR invites the community to be a part of this event and remember a loved one lost to overdose or suicide by purchasing a luminary at the event, or online ahead of time at

Proceeds from the Light of Hope event benefit the programs and services of the Center for Family Life and Recovery, with a focus on Recovery, Suicide, and Substance Use Prevention services.

Center for Family Life and Recovery, Inc. is proud to be a leader in creating a world where people have the power to achieve and celebrate recovery. CFLR supports individuals and families struggling with addiction, mental health, and behavioral issues by inspiring hope, providing help, promoting wellness, and transforming lives. To learn more  visit or call (315) 733-1709.

Posted by Cassandra Sheets