Date: March 3. Group aims to raise $200,000 to help people and families in recovery.

atTAcK addiction’s 5th annual “E-racing the Stigma 5k” will take place Saturday, March 3, at Saint Peter’s in Old New Castle.

Since 2013, atTAcK addiction has made huge strides in Delaware’s fight to raise awareness about the disease of addiction, to change public policy and to assist people in recovery and their families.

Last year’s event attracted 2,400 participants and raised $100,000 that was used to promote awareness about the dangers of drug use; support people in recovery and their families; provide scholarships for those in active recovery looking to get their lives on the right track or those seeking careers in mental health and substance abuse; and to fund the three atTAcK addiction safe living houses that are instrumental in giving people in recent recovery a safe environment to acclimate to sober living.

The group’s goal this year is to attract more than 3,000 participants and raise at least $200,000 in order to continue their work and achieve their goal of opening Delaware’s first recovery high school.

Ninety-six cents of every dollar received goes to educate, prevent and support individuals and families in recovery. Since forming in February of 2013, atTAcK addiction has grown to become a statewide action network consisting of people who are affected by the disease of addiction and who strive to create change in our community.

The group’s volunteers’ tireless efforts have been recognized by Delaware and national groups. While the recognition is nice, the true reward is in helping others impacted by this disease.

Our work is only starting; the needs in Delaware are growing.