September is National Recovery Month

Every September, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery!” The theme highlights the value of family support throughout recovery. The theme also invites people in recovery and their families to share personal stories and successes in order to encourage others. Refer to the Recovery Month website, www.recoverymonth.gov, for additional information on the initiative.

Each September — and throughout the year—hundreds of events occur to celebrate Recovery Month. These events, ranging from recovery walks and rallies to online web chats and group cookouts, encourage people to continue supporting the need for prevention, treatment, and recovery services. Partners and local providers and organizations celebrate those in recovery by coordinating events near you.

Wednesday, September 7 – Partners, Cognitive Connections and Catawba Valley Community College sponsor “The Road to Recovery: An In-depth Look at Substance Use, Abuse, Addiction, and Recovery.” Session 1:  “The Road Starts Here:  Did you Know…?” will feature information about the symptoms and signs of drug abuse, and an EMS presentation on substance related calls. Session 1 is from 12-1:30 p.m. at the CVCC Student Center, 2550 US Highway 70 SE, Hickory. The event is free and open to all CVCC students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Bring your lunch and eat while you learn! Get your tickets online today!

Saturday, September 10 – Come share at the Phoenix Counseling Hour Share Session, at 10 a.m. (after the awards presentation for the Phoenix Counseling Center 5K Run for Recovery). The Share Session will take place at 510 S. Aspen Street, Lincolnton. This is a time for clients, staff, and folks from the community affected by substance abuse, mental illness, and homelessness to share their stories. Contact denise@phoenixcc.us with questions.

Saturday, September 10 – Participate in the Phoenix Counseling Center 5K Run for Recovery. The race starts at 8:30 a.m. at 510 S. Aspen Street, Lincolnton. Registration is 7:30-8:15 a.m. Sign up online or find more information at http://phoenixcc.us/. Cost is $40.

Wednesday, September 14Road to Recovery Series, Session 2, “Substances: Legal/Illegal – It’s All Deadly!” is hosted by Cognitive Connections, along with Catawba Valley Community College from 12-1:30 p.m. This sessions features Dr. Bobby Kearney with Addiction Recovery Medical Services in Statesville. The event, held at the CVCC Student Center, 2550 US Highway 70 SE, in Hickory, is free and open to all CVCC students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Get your tickets online.

Sunday, September 18 – Burke Substance Abuse Network (BSAN) is holding their Burke Rally for Recovery. The event celebrates the possibility of sustained recovery and those who are in recovery. The rally includes speakers, live music, free food, a wall of recovery, games, and more.  It will be held in the Morganton Courthouse Square, 201 S. Green Street, in Morganton, from 2-6 p.m. Contact Joe Marks at bcacdjoe@gmail.com or 828-433-1221 for more information.

Wednesday, September 21Road to Recovery Series, Session 3, “But My Doctor Prescribed It! -Addiction to Prescription Medications.” Cognitive Connections and Catawba Valley Community College  bring part three of the recovery series from 12-1:30 p.m. to the CVCC Student Center, 2550 US Highway 70 SE, Hickory. The event is free and open to all CVCC students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Get your tickets online.

Wednesday, September 28 – Cognitive Connections and Catawba Valley Community College present the final session of their Road to Recovery Series. Session 4, “Faces of Recovery,” is from 12-1:30 p.m. at the CVCC Student Center, 2550 US Highway 70 SE, Hickory. This session features stories of recovery and a panel of people living in recovery. The event is free and open to all CVCC students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Get your tickets online.

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