Cleveland Mural Paints Picture of Hope for Addiction Recovery

Cleveland Mural Paints Picture of Hope for Addiction Recovery


– [Man] The hands-out reaching is kind of a universal symbol of I’m free, I won, I made it, I’m doing it. The reason that there’s
nothing in front of her except sunshine, so to speak,
nice yellow brightness, is because that’s where she’s going. – [Narrator] Rickey Lewis’
own path to recovery inspired him to propose
his idea for the mural. He says he wanted to
create something beautiful without any negative images
like body bags or needles that are typically
associated with addiction. The flowers trailing behind the woman represent the path to recovery. – [Rickey] Flowers,
universally, are beautiful. So every little step, no matter what, in recovery, is beautiful. It may not look like that at the time, but every single step is beautiful. – [Narrator] The Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services
Board of Cuyahoga County unveiled the mural, titled
Treatment works…People Recover. The organization’s Executive
Director, Valeria Harper, hopes to show people that
addiction can affect anyone. – Addiction does not
discriminate based on race, ethnicity, income level, or other socioeconomic indicators. – [Narrator] Harper says they’re working to find a building to
create a similar mural on Cleveland’s West Side. She says she’d like to unify
the two sides of the city with her organization’s message of hope for those recovering from addiction. – Thanks, Lisa. It’s 55th and Euclid. That’s gonna do it for
us for this evening. Thanks so much for
watching, I’m Rick Jackson. We’ll see you back here tomorrow night with more great ideas. (uplifting music) – [Narrator] Ideas is generously funded by Westfield Insurance,
enabling financial stability and peace of mind to customers in Ohio, and in more than 20
states across the country. Westfield Insurance. Sharing knowledge, building trust.

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