Each September, National Recovery Month takes place to increase awareness and educate people about how substance use and mental health services can help people and their families to live healthy and rewarding lives.
Kicking off with the 29th annual Recovery Happens event on Sep.1, National Recovery Month shares the message of hope through treatment and recovery. All month long, Sacramento County Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Services celebrates the fact that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.
“National Recovery Month promotes treatment and recovery, recognizes the strength and resilience of people living in recovery, and acknowledges service providers and community members who make recovery in all its forms possible.”Ryan Quist, Behavioral Health Director, Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services.
The 2021 National Recovery Month theme, “Recovery is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community,” reminds people in recovery and those who support them that no one is alone in the journey. Recovery belongs to all of us.
How to Get Involved with Sacramento County Recovery Month and Get Help
- Share Downloadable materials about preventing overdose in support of International Overdose Awareness Day, Aug. 31.
- Visit Sacramento County Substance Use Prevention and Treatment‘s resource table, which will be available weekdays from Aug 26-Sep. 30 at the Grantland L. Johnson Center for Health and Human Services, 7001 East Parkway, Sacramento.
- Watch Training and Empowering Musicians to Prevent Overdose, the National Harm Reduction Coalition and Musicians for Overdose Prevention offer the world’s largest virtual music festival on Aug. 31. More than 40 artists will stream performances through their social media pages and the Musicians for Overdose Prevention Facebook page.
- National Addiction Professionals Day is celebrated on Sep. 20. This day acknowledges the vital people who make a difference in the field of addiction every day.
- Wear purple on Sep. 30, International Recovery Day. Purple is the color symbolizing addiction recovery.
- Attend a Sacramento County Opioid Coalition, Methamphetamine Coalition or Youth Coalition meeting or join a sub-committee. Email DHS-SUPT@saccounty.net.
- Attend Sacramento County Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board meetings and learn more about the work happening related to Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Services. The board meets virtually from 5:30 -7:30 p.m. on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.
- Share your experiences with recovery at Sacramento County Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Services public speaking events. For information Email DHS-SUPT@saccounty.net or call (916) 875-2050.
- Get help for yourself, a friend or family member who is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction. Sacramento County provides alcohol and drug treatment services that include outpatient treatment, medication-assisted treatment, residential treatment, detoxification and perinatal services. Please call 916-874-9754 for an assessment or check the Prevention Services Provider Directory or Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Services websites.
LAURIE SLOTHOWER, SACRAMENTO COUNTY PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE, 916-874-8899