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Participants enjoy the Recovery Without Walls concert on Old Silver Beach in North Falmouth in 2019. This year’s concert on July 31 will feature music by The Moonlighters.

After a one-year hiatus as a result of crowd restrictions and social distance guidelines following the COVID-19 pandemic, Rockin Recovery will return to Old Silver Beach on Wednesday, July 28, from 6 to 8 PM.

Now in its third year, the event is presented by Recovery Without Walls, a Falmouth nonprofit aimed at helping women survive and thrive following treatment for substance use disorder. The goal of Rockin Recovery is twofold: to honor Cape Cod’s first responders, whose sacrifices have enabled a return to normalcy, while staging a much anticipated night of family fun, in the form of an outdoor concert by The Moonlighters. Therefore, the event is free of charge and alcohol-free.

Founded by Falmouth resident Bill Dougherty, one of the original organizers of the Falmouth Road Race, Recovery Without Walls offers an array of wellness and recovery resources, free of charge, including yoga; acupuncture and cellular healing meditation; mentoring and coaching; employment opportunities, and tuition assistance, to name a few, in a mutually-supportive community of women dedicated to fostering authentic interpersonal connections.

Since its founding in 2006, Recovery Without Walls has expanded its mission beyond Cape Cod, to include services in Maine and Vermont.

Mr. Dougherty underscored the impact that first responders have on the local recovery community on a daily basis, in addition to their work on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic over the past year and a half.

“We want to show our appreciation to these everyday heroes, for all they do, this past year, and every year,” Mr. Dougherty said. “Recovery is a journey, and it takes a village.”

To that end, he credited Seafood Sam’s of Falmouth and the Herren Project, principal sponsors of Rockin Recovery, for their generosity, in addition to contributors J. Hamilton Tree Company and Soares Flower Garden Nursery.

Mr. Dougherty also expressed gratitude to The Moonlighters, who offered their time and talent for the inaugural event in 2018, initially staged as a fundraiser for Recovery Without Walls, and again in 2019. Although there is no admission charge for Rockin Recovery, cash donations to further the outreach of Recovery Without Walls will be gratefully accepted.

Band member Bucky Hall feels lucky for the opportunity to offer a long overdue carefree evening while also educating the Falmouth community about the far-reaching impact of RWW.

“Recovery Without Walls is a remarkable program with a great track record. The combination of acupuncture and a 12-step program is unique, and the results speak for themselves. And it’s all local. It’s been so easy working with Bill and his crew; there’s a lot of positive energy and good will,” Mr. Hall said. “The Moonlighters are proud to honor our first responders while also helping raise visibility, and funds, for this very worthy cause.”

Recovery Without Walls wellness coordinator Sammy Jo Franco can speak firsthand to the transformative power of the organization’s programs, many of which underscore the mind/body connection.

“I work with women in recovery who are looking to overcome the patterns of negative thinking, addiction, and trauma through holistic healing practices. I believe, through my own experience, that acupuncture and meditation are the gateway to rewiring the brain,” she said. “I also believe in the power of breath work combined with yoga, which taught me to feel safe and build confidence in my body.”

Ms. Franco added that Recovery Without Walls caters to the needs of its community by offering new events each month, such as aerial yoga. This fall, Recovery Without Walls will offer a creative writing class for women geared to coping with trauma by exploring feelings and memories through prose, poetry and journaling.

“My main mission is to provide a safe space for women to heal and find their passion in life after recovery,” Ms. Franco said. “We weren’t born to survive; we were meant to thrive.”

Free parking will be available in the Falmouth town lot for Rockin Recovery but carpooling is strongly encouraged. Please note, this is an alcohol-free event, and Falmouth beach regulations must be followed. For more information, follow Recovery Without Walls Cape Cod on Facebook or visit recoverywithoutwalls.org.

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