“Recovering addicts have tremendous strength. Recovery isn’t for the weak of will. Pessimism gets you nowhere. Before they leap, defeat will make them retreat. Never doubt yourself because doubt leads to defeat.”
– Stephen Cianciabella
Stephen is one of many who despite their countless, noble attempts, lost the battle with heroin. Soon after, his mother Susan became a member of Healing Addition in Our Community (HAC) – a group of mothers, grandparents and other affected family members who had also experienced the heartbreaking loss of a loved one and were dedicated to broadening the treatment of addiction and bringing awareness to the community.
Arts for Hope and Recovery was born as Susan’s way of honoring her son, along with other creative young men and women who are lost too early. Stephen’s passions included skateboarding, dancing ballet, street art, painting, reading philosophy and writing poetry. Each year we celebrate those passions with a night of music, dance, poetry, live art, local food and auction. All proceeds go directly to HAC and Serenity Mesa transitional living center.
In May of 2015, HAC achieved a major goal by opening Serenity Mesa Youth Recovery Center in southwest Albuquerque. It is a comprehensive center, where there is extended time for recovery, educational classes, exercise, life skills, yoga, art and most important, community. They provide scholarship money to adolescents who would otherwise, not have the ability to continue their journey through recovery.
Healing Addiction in our Community (HAC) is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to advocacy and raising awareness regarding adolescent substance abuse in New Mexico. The primary goals are to provide young people in New Mexico education about substance abuse issues and deliver effective, long-term treatment options to those struggling with addiction issues. Visit HAC’s website.
photos from years past
Date/Time – October 15, 2016, 6-9pm
Location – Las Puertas Event Center
Emcee – Carlos Contreras
Live Music – Next Three Miles
Dance Performance – UniverSoul Warriors
Live Art – El Moises, Erin Vega & Michael Fish
Poetry Performance – Hakim Bellamy, Carlos Contreras & Serenity Mesa Contributors
Featuring Gourmet fare by
Artichoke Café, Scalo Northern Italian Grill, Slate Street Café, Farina Pizzeria, Dig & Serve