September is National Recovery Month

Partners Invests in Efforts for Sustained Recovery.

September 21, 2018, Gastonia, NC:  Partners is joining others across the country to share the message that living in recovery from mental health or substance use disorders is possible.

Each September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders, and celebrate the individuals living in recovery. This year’s Recovery Month theme, Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders.

All of the following events are free to the public.

In Burke County: Third Annual Burke Rally for Recovery

 Date and Time:  Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Location:  Morganton Historic Courthouse Square (102 E. Union St., Morganton, NC 28655)

The Burke Rally for Recovery is a celebration of the hope and joy found in recovery. Everyone is recovering from something and it is this common ground upon which we connect. The Rally features music, speakers, information booths hosted by community agencies, arts and crafts, yoga, food and much more.

In Catawba CountyCatawba County Recovery Rally

 Date and Time:  Saturday, September 29 from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Location:  Hickory Soup Kitchen, 110 2nd St. Place SE, Hickory, NC 28062

Recovery means different things to different people. Too often society thinks there is no hope for people struggling with substance use or mental disorders. Come and see recovery is possible for anyone and there is hope and healing for people living with substance use and mental disorders. This is a free event, which includes speakers, fellowship, information, entertainment, food, and empowerment.

In Iredell County:  Walk for Recovery

 Date and Time:  Friday, September 28 from 5 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Location:  Troutman ESC Park, 338 N Avenue, Troutman, NC 28166

Celebrate recovery at this family event that includes a one-mile fun walk, hot air balloon night glow, and speakers sharing their stories of recovery. Seating is limited—arrive early and bring a blanket or chair.

In Gaston County:  Recovery Month Celebration and Candlelight Vigil

 Date and Time:  Friday, September 28 from 6 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Location:  Rotary Centennial Pavilion, 111 N. South Street, Gastonia, NC 28052

Join area providers and community organizations at the Rotary Centennial Pavilion in Downtown Gastonia between 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. for fellowship and to listen to legendary rocker Ricky Byrd. Ricky Byrd is first and foremost a man living in long term recovery that happens to be part of rock ‘n roll royalty. Ricky was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the lead guitarist and former original member of Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, playing with Joan from 1981-1992, and has recorded and toured with many other talented musicians since that time. The event will also include local speakers including Robert Kellogg, Gastonia City Councilman, Michelle Mathis of Olive Branch Ministry, and Tammy Chowdury of Remembering Austin.  This event is for citizens of Cleveland, Gaston, and Lincoln Counties.

In Yadkin County:  HopeFest 4 Recovery 2018

 Date and Time: Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Location: Lila Swaim Park, Jonesville Senior Center, 121 Delos Martin Dr., Jonesville, NC 28642

HopeFest4Recovery 2018 will feature speakers sharing their recovery stories, music, games and more. This event is for citizens of Surry and Yadkin Counties.