Thousands expected to "Walk a Mile in Our Shoes" for
Substance Use and Recovery Walk

Families and those impacted by addiction will participate in our annual “Steps of Change” to Educate, Empower and Embrace those living with substance use.


They will bring attention to the shame and stigma associated with substance use, while advocating for more evidence based practices and treatment.

Each year, millions of people suffer from the disease of addiction and the majority of those who need treatment for do not receive it. Substance use disorders (SUD) are boundless; they affect every known race, demographic, and population regardless of existing socio-economic status. And statistics state that for each one affected by the disease, at least 5 family members are impacted. We know this number to be much higher.

Ashtabula, Columbiana, Erie, Licking, Mahoning, Medina, Portage,
Ross, Sandusky, Stark, Summit

Local counties will host Steps of Change events, which include a variety of activities including walks, runs, ceremonies, health fairs, and balloon releases. Each county's program is different. Most groups will stage “Walk a Mile in my Shoes,” in which family members display a pair of shoes of those who continue to struggle or who have passed from the disease of addiction. The public is invited and children are encouraged to come!!

Steps of Change is a unified National effort to use the power of families impacted by substance use to:
• Break the silence, the stigma and the shame
• Embrace evidence-based information and abandon outdated beliefs 
• Show families and loved ones impacted by substance use that they are no longer alone

Each event is open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend.


For more information or to get involved, please email