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Black Balloon Day ceremony remembers addiction victims

Black Balloon Day ceremony remembers addiction victims

Today, Sioux City celebrated "Black Balloon Day" in memory of people who have lost their battle with addiction.

Black balloons were hung in City Hall as well as at the Police Department to honor those who have passed and to create awareness.

Mayor Bob Scott pledged his commitment to recognizing the day after receiving an invitation to participate.

"I think it's important for people to remember that addiction is a disease. It's a disease of the brain and it's a disease of the will. People lose the ability to choose which is truly frightening," said Dr. David Paulsrud, Medical Director of the Jackson Recovery Centers.

Dr. Paulsrud says addiction can ruin an entire family and millions of lives are lost every year.

It's important to recognize the signs of an addiction and get help as soon as possible.

"Addiction is primary, progressive, and potentially fatal so ultimately it can cost people their lives and ultimately drug and alcohol problems affect family systems and they affect society," said SCPD Officer Andrew Dutler.

Jackson Recovery Center has walk-in days every Tuesday and Wednesday if you or someone you know is struggling with an addiction and would like to stop by.

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