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September is Recovery Month

Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.

This year’s annual theme is: “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community.” Healthy Acadia has several awareness events scheduled throughout the month. Please join others in your community in celebrating recovery and learn how you can help others along their recovery journey.

Friday, September 21. Walk for Recovery and Candlelight Vigil, Machias. The walk, hosted by the Washington County Community Action Team and Healthy Acadia, starts at Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce (across from Helen’s Restaurant) and goes to Bad Little Falls Park. Lineup is at 5:45pm, the walk starts at 6:00pm. Join us in supporting our community members in recovery, their families, and allies of recovery. Individuals and families are invited share their stories of recovery and to bring photos of loved ones lost to addiction, which can be shared on recovery and remembrance boards. For more information, contact Terri Woodruff at: [email protected].

Monday, September 24. Potluck Dinner and Discussion, 5:30-7:30pm at Your Place, Inc., 8 Old Mill Road, Ellsworth. Bring a dish to share and hear speakers from James’ Place share their experiences with developing recovery housing in Augusta. For more information, email Denise Black at: [email protected].

Recovery Coach Academy: Two classes will be offered in Ellsworth this Fall: September 25-28, 2018 and October 16-19, 2018. This 30-hour training enables participants to become CARR-certified Recovery Coach volunteers in their community. Register for either session at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd_8yUysbSHOTAISzBcKGC70gZW8xyjuKq2trwIeHfMprqu-w/viewform, or contact Denise Black or Terri Woodruff at Healthy Acadia for more information.

Want to learn more about the recovery process? SAMSHA’s “Road to Recovery” series airs eight episodes featuring panels of nationwide experts from the field of recovery. New television and radio episodes premiere the first Wednesday of each month (March through September, with a wrap-up show in November). For more information or to explore the series, visit https://recoverymonth.gov.

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