Lizzo and Har Mar Superstar headline a sober music fest about celebrating recovery

It's a sober, chemical-free music festival for celebrating recovery.
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There is no drinking, there's no smoking – instead it's about celebrating recovery and enjoying some live music.

Lizzo and Har Mar Superstar will headline the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation's fifth annual HazelFest this summer, according to an announcement. The one-day outdoor music festival is Saturday, Aug. 5 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., on the Hazelden campus in Center City.

Hazelden Betty Ford is one of the largest nonprofit alcohol and drug addiction treatment centers in the world now, its website says, and was originally started in a lakeside cabin in Minnesota in 1949. They now have sites in nine different states.

HazelFest is a completely sober, chemical-free event. The goal is to bring together people affected by addiction with the general public, in order to "celebrate recovery, spread hope and smash the stigma associated with substance use disorders and mental illness," the news release says.

In addition to Lizzo and Har Mar, Sonny Knight and the Lakers as well as Communist Daughter will perform. There will also be a recovery speaker tent, a yoga area led by a recovery expert, and recovery-centric art. Then there's stuff for kids like Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $25 at the gate. Proceeds will go to help addiction treatment. Get tickets here.

Alcohol and drug use in Minnesota

Every couple years, the state's Department of Human Services puts together a report looking at substance abuse in Minnesota.

The most recent came out in January of 2016.

The report found 5.5 percent of adults met the criteria for having an alcohol use disorder. People ages 18-24 were more likely than older adults to have a disorder, and men were more likely than women.

The report also found 2 percent of Minnesotans met the criteria for a drug use disorder. Like with alcohol, it was more common among men and younger Minnesotans.

Native Americans and those who reported multiple/other races were also more affected.

And people who made more money or had a higher level of education were less likely to meet the criteria.

The report estimated 6.9 percent of Minnesotans needed some type of substance abuse treatment.

Where to get help

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has a website that shows residential, outpatient and hospital inpatient treatment program locations.

And the the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) also offers help, and can connect people with resources nearby.

The National Institute of Health has more options here, as well as a guide of what to do if a friend or loved one has a substance abuse problem.

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