Under a beautiful blue sky in the crisp pre-autumn air, people in jeans and T-shirts with messages such as, \u201cOne day at a time,\u201d \u201cA journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step,\u201d or the name of the local baseball team, the York Revolution, blended in with the more formally dressed. Young folks sporting piercings and tattoos mingled with white-haired elders. People of all ages joined hands at York\u2019s Santander Stadium to show their support of Recovery Day. Photo Credit: Destinee Blouse A balloon artist wowed the crowd with elaborate sculptures of monkeys in palm trees, pink elephant heads, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The York\/Adams County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Memorial Hospital\u2019s smoking cessation program, and a Pennsylvania DUI Association van with a driving simulator added to the festivities. It was Recovery Day at this baseball stadium, a gathering of kindred spirits with one thing in common: recovery from addiction. Recognizing Those in Recovery and Their Supporters The September event heralded National Recovery Month, which is now in its 25th year and focuses on the possibilities and benefits of addiction recovery, successful treatment options, and a sense of hope. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the sponsoring organization, this year\u2019s theme is \u201cJoin the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out\u201d as a means of paying tribute to those who\u2019ve made tremendous life changes, as well as family, friends and treatment programs that support them through the process. A balloon artist was also at the event and crafted various balloon animals for the children. Photo Credit: Destinee Blouse On this sunny day at York\u2019s Santander Stadium, staff members from Clarity Way, an addiction treatment center in neighboring Hanover, brought their enthusiasm, program information, and goodies like brochures, pens and candles to represent hope and a light in the darkness. Three staffers \u2014 Mandy May, house manager, Michele McCleary, admissions director, and Andres Zayas of the recovery support staff \u2014 greeted those who stopped by the table and welcomed their questions. \u201cA lot of people who come to baseball games might not be aware of the many addiction recovery resources available,\u201d May says. Having Fun Without Alcohol In addition to raising awareness, the baseball game was a day of fun for several Clarity Way clients, according to May. Clarity Way also takes clients kayaking, to the movies, bowling, shopping, and hiking. As in all stadiums, beer is available for purchase, and when Clarity Way clients attend games, there is rigorous staff supervision. \u201cAlcohol is everywhere,\u201d May says. \u201cIt\u2019s a reality. It helps people to learn to live in a world where alcohol is present, and they learn to process their triggers in a safe way with staff and other people in groups.\u201d Since baseball is a family event, \u201cIt\u2019s also a good way to show people who may not be familiar with addiction that we have fun in recovery,\u201d May says. \u201cYou don\u2019t have to be drinking to have a good time.\u201d Clarity Way has sponsored York\u2019s Recovery Day for five years. \u201cIt\u2019s all about everyone coming together in team spirit,\u201d May says. While alcohol was prevalent at the event, Clarity Way staff helped recovering alcoholics remain sober. Photo Credit: Destinee Blouse That was evident in the \u201cRecovery Circle\u201d that took place on the field prior to the opening pitch. More than 100 colorfully garbed people formed a rainbow of humanity and stood together, holding hands and reciting the Serenity Prayer. Those who weren\u2019t in the circle joined in from where they were seated in the stands. Before the gathering, an announcer\u2019s voice on the loudspeaker honored those in recovery, those still in the throes of addiction, and those who\u2019ve lost their lives to addiction. Clarity Way is proud to step up to the plate in the game of recovery, where stakes are high and home runs are measured in lives reclaimed.