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Former Miss USA Tara Conner will speak at the Caroline County Recovery Community Center at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Tara, 27, was crowned Miss USA in 2006. During December of that year, she entered the Caron Treatment Center in Pennsylvania and completed 30 days of treatment for alcohol and drug addiction, said Tony Spencer, Caroline County’s commonwealth’s attorney. Spencer supports the Caroline recovery program because he would rather send non-violent criminals to recovery than jail, he said.
Tara has celebrated 6 years of sobriety. She is model, actress, and singer/songwriter and she is active in sharing her journey of recovery with others and being an advocate for those whose lives have been impacted by addiction.
Through her work, she hopes to raise awareness that addiction is a disease and that many people go on to lead a healthy, productive life in recovery, she has said. She especially wants educators, families and professionals to know that sobriety at an early age is achievable and that it greatly enhances life’s possibilities.
“It’s so important to understand that addiction is a family disease,” Tara said. “I experienced this firsthand within my own family. But I’ve also learned that through treatment and recovery you can break the cycle.”
She was also Miss Kentucky and Miss Kentucky Teen USA. She was a featured model on the HDNet series “Bikini Fantasies” in 2004.
Refreshments will be provided at the center at 103 County Lane, Bowling Green. She will also visit the Henrico County Jail, the Rubicon (a men’s treatment center in Richmond), Virginia State University and the Virginia War Memorial. She will also speak at The McShin Foundation’s annual holiday party/auction to help educate the public about substance use disorder at 6 p.m. on Dec. 2.