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September 1st marked the first day of National Recovery Month, which has been going strong for 32 years. The national observance was first developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in 1989 as a way for people who were struggling with addiction to find hope and as a way to celebrate those living a life of recovery. Last year the federal government placed the reins of National Recovery Month in the hands of another organization, Faces & Voices of Recovery. The official National Recovery Month website features a wide array of fun and sober ways to celebrate your recovery, bring awareness to addiction and offer hope and support to those who have not yet made it to treatment.

At Guardian Recovery, as part of a nationwide network of dedicated addiction and mental health professionals, we are offering our own ways to celebrate the holiday to our future clients, our past clients and their loved ones. We have also included a list of several major Recovery Month events in the locations of our centers – FloridaMaineNew JerseyNew Hampshire and Colorado. Our hope is for everyone who has made it through to the other side to acknowledge and celebrate their hard work, while encouraging those still struggling with active addiction to reach out for the help they need. If you are in need of any additional recovery month resources or if you would like to learn more about one of the levels of professional addiction we provide, contact us today.

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Online National Recovery Month Events

To learn more about National Recovery Month visit the official website for Faces & Voices of Recovery. The theme of this year’s holiday is “Recovery is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community.” National Recovery Month is an important observance to break the stigma still surrounding addiction, increase awareness about recovery and celebrate those who have successfully gotten clean and sober. We are happy to share a comprehensive list of online events as well as in-person events in your immediate area.

Online National Recovery Month Events Include:

  • National Addiction Professionals Day will be celebrated on September 20 as part of National Recovery Month. Started by NAADAC in 1992, the day was established to celebrate the hard work addiction professionals across the country remain dedicated to carrying out.
  • Last year NAADAC joined the National Council for Behavioral Health and its partners in hosting a Virtual Recovery Month Luncheon. More than 850 people joined in, and NAADAC is screening the webinar for free on the National Council website.
  • The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs is hosting a Recovery Month Twitter Chat on September 14 at 2 p.m. View the Participant Guide for more information.
  • View a comprehensive list of Recovery Month events on the official calendar, included on the Faces and Voices of Recovery website.

Recovery Month Events & Activities Near You

No matter where you are in the country, there are likely several in-person events and activities celebrating National Recovery Month 2021 to take advantage of. The list we have provided below is not all-inclusive, and only includes major events organized by reputable recovery organizations in the states where our treatment facilities are located. If you would like to learn more about events in your area, contact us directly.

National Recovery Month Events in Florida

  • Broward National Recovery Month Celebration – Saturday, September 11 from 5-9 p.m. at Arts Park at Young Circle in Hollywood, FL | Free to attend
    Broward National Recovery Month celebrates people who have made outstanding contributions to the recovery community in Broward County. This event will gather providers, treatment professionals, community partners and people in recovery to honor those who are recovering from addiction. The event features food trucks, raffle prizes, live entertainment, speakers and vendors.
  • 4th Annual Ocala Recovery Fest – Saturday, September 11 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL | Free to attend
    The Ocala Recovery Fest celebrates those who have overcome addiction and remembers those who have lost their lives to addiction. The event features live music, food, a Memory Wall and a variety of guest speakers.

National Recovery Month Events in New Jersey

  • 9th Annual New Jersey’s Walk/Run for Recovery – Saturday, September 25 beginning at 8 a.m. at at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, NJ | Free-$30
    Sponsored in part by Guardian Recovery, the 9th Annual Walk/Run for Recovery has a fundraising goal of $100,000. All proceeds from the event will go directly into supporting and sustaining Recovery Advocates of America and the participants that come into our care.

National Recovery Month Events in New Hampshire

National Recovery Month Events in Maine

  • Great Falls Forum: Recovery Month in Maine – Thursday, September 16 from 12-1 p.m. | Online | Free to attendDoug Dunbar, Recovery and Re-entry Workforce Specialist, Eastern Maine Development Corporation, hosts a panel discussion entitled “Recovery Month in Maine Calls for Greater Understanding, Empathy, and Action.”

National Recovery Month Events in Colorado

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Celebrate on Your Own

We understand times are a little out of the ordinary, with many regions of the U.S. reinforcing mask mandates and COVID still seemingly in full swing. If you don’t feel quite ready to gather with a large group of other sober people, not to worry. There are many sober ways to celebrate National Recovery Month outside of the events and activities listed. Of course, we encourage you to partake in as many of the online events as you have time for. Outside of the online events, we have included some ideas of how you can celebrate National Recovery Month, make a lasting impact in the lives of others and honor your own personal journey from active addiction to sobriety.

  • Share Your Story – Sharing your personal story of experience, strength and hope is a great way to spread awareness. This does not mean you have to broadcast your whole story on social media or wear a t-shirt that reads, “I got sober, ask me how.” Find a recovery meeting in your area in need of a speaker, or volunteer to lead a meeting that is brought into a local detox center once every week. Even sharing your personal story with addiction and recovery one time can leave a major and lasting impact.
  • Make a Donation – Many treatment programs accept donations, large and small, in order to make quality clinical care as accessible as possible to those in need. Even donating a small amount to a local organization or a reputable treatment program can make a major positive impact in someone else’s life. Remember, money is not the only thing you can donate. Donating your personal time and energy is equally as important. Many recovery-related organizations are looking for volunteers. Contact us today for more information on potential volunteer opportunities in your area.
  • Educate Yourself – Although more people accept addiction as a medical condition than ever before, there is still a stigma surrounding substance abuse and dependence. Thoroughly educating yourself allows you to extend this knowledge to others. If you have a loved one who has been struggling with addiction or who has recently entered into a program of recovery, educating yourself is an important step to take. Doing so allows you to shift from a place of resentment and frustration to a place of compassion and understanding.
  • Share Resources – There are numerous hotlines, websites, support groups and other resources available to those who have been struggling with drug and/or alcohol addiction. If you know someone who is struggling, reach out and share these resources. This is also an ideal time to share your own personal story of recovery.
  • Volunteer at a Local Event – If you do feel comfortable attending an in-person Recovery Month event, take time to volunteer. You might also opt to volunteer at a local recovery meeting house, either greeting people as they come in, leading the meeting or sharing your story. There are numerous ways to get involved — all you have to do is ask!
  • Organize Your Own Event of Fundraiser – Organize an event or activity in your own community! Take a look at the toolkit provided by SAMHSA for more information.

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If you are interested in learning about National Recovery Month events or activities in your immediate area, use this page as an ultimate resource. If you are looking for more sober ways to celebrate National Recovery Month contact us over the phone or directly through our website and we will gladly provide you with more ideas. If you or someone you love has been struggling with active addiction and is looking for a treatment program, Guardian Recovery is available to help. We offer a range of programs including medically monitored detoxresidential inpatient treatmentpartial hospitalizationintensive outpatient treatment and aftercare. Our Treatment Advisors are standing by to help you determine which level of clinical care is right for you. Contact us today to learn more or to begin your own personal journey of addiction recovery — or to help a loved one get started on theirs.

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