Health and hope thrive in Oxford

Published 10:48 am Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Oxford is in the business of significant alcohol consumption, whether we like to admit it or not.

Similarly, substance use is high in Oxford, whether we like to admit it or not.

Because Oxford is a college town and because Oxford has become known as a place to party and have a good time by students, alumni and visitors, we cannot avoid th fact that consumption is much higher here than in most communities our size.

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But alcohol and substance use don’t always yield a good time. Considerable pain comes to many from binge use and abuse.

And if Oxford is a city of consumption, and sometimes pain, it just also be a city of healing and hope.

That’s why Wednesday’s “Telling Oxford” event at the Powerhouse, featuring personal stories of overcoming addiction, is such an important event.

We want to cultivate an environment in Oxford that tells those who struggle with substance use disorder that our city can be a nurturing place of charm, and that many have quality lives here without consumption.

We want to make sure students, residents and visitors know that both help and hope thrive in Oxford. And we want to applaud those with the courage to tell their stories.