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OCU Hosts Sober Weekend Events

An anti-drug and alcohol committee at Oklahoma City University will host Sober Weekend with a variety of events Sept. 27 and 28 on campus in an effort to provide prevention, education and awareness of the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.

The 48-hour event will begin with a presentation by Jim Riley, a former NFL player who now directs a non-profit agency dedicated to helping people recover from addictions. Riley will speak at 1 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Henry J. Freede Wellness and Activity Center at N.W. 27th Street and Florida Avenue. It is free to the public.

Riley was a defensive end for the Miami Dolphins from 1967 to 1973, a span that includes the legendary and unprecedented 1972 undefeated season. During his football career, Riley struggled with alcohol addiction until he conquered it in 1985. Since then, he and his wife have dedicated their lives to helping others with addiction problems through the Edmond-based Jim Riley Outreach organization.

Hypnotist Patrick Coleman will give a demonstration from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Meinders School of Business Kerr McGee Auditorium at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue. The event is also free to the public.

Coleman, who runs Coleman’s Hypnotherapy Clinic in Oklahoma City, will show participants how to self-hypnotize. Organizers hope the demonstration will show students a way to relax and unwind in a healthy, constructive manner rather than drinking or using illegal drugs.

Other Sober Weekend speakers will share with the campus community their personal recovery stories, officials from AAA and TimeCar will discuss the dangers of drunk driving and health care experts will provide free self-help workshops.

Sober Weekend will conclude Sept. 28 with a carnival, “sober party” and candlelight vigil for OCU students.

For more information, contact University Counseling Director Brandi Gibson at (405) 208-7902 or bgibson@okcu.edu.

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