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DDAP Heads Up 2017 Statewide Observance

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.

The 2017 theme highlights the value of family and community support throughout recovery and invites individuals in recovery and their family members to share their personal stories and successes in order to encourage others.

The observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery and these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population. Now in its 27th year, Recovery Month highlights the achievements of individuals who have reclaimed their lives in long-term recovery and honors the treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month also promotes the message that recovery in all of its forms is possible and encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.
Ceremony with Elected Officials, and Special Guests
Photo Station - Add Your Pic to the "Faces of Recovery"
Speakers Sharing Their Recovery Stories
Get Your Purple Recovery Wristbands
Food Trucks in Soldier's Grove

Please also help us publicize this event.

You are welcome to visit DDAP’s social media and like, follow, and share our postings:

prevention works. treatment is effective. people recover.

We want to hear your story of recovery from drug and alcohol addictions and disordersRECOVERBRACELET.jpg

You may want to submit – or encourage others to submit – a personal recovery story to share to encourage others in their recovery journey. We’ve received several and plan to post them soon on the DDAP website.

“We invite people to send us their stories of recovery to share with others,” said Jennifer Smith, acting secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP). “We want to celebrate all those living in long-term recovery, and encourage those considering or receiving treatment to think about the bright future ahead in a life free of substance misuse.”

A story could include information about your treatment and recovery journey and advice that could be helpful to others. You can also upload a photo or other image. These stories may be included on the DDAP website and social media. Posted stories will not contain identifying information. Some individuals may be asked to share their stories in upcoming events.


Two events for National Recovery Month in harrisburg

The Pennsylvania National Recovery Month Kick-Off is September 6th, celebrating the start of the month PArecovers.jpgand recovery by individuals from across the commonwealth, and the Recovery Advocacy Day, set for September 26th, encourages advocates to visit with their state legislators to discuss the importance of providing support and funding to those impacted by the opioid crisis. These two events are complementary – and we hope you plan to attend BOTH of them.

The organizers are working together to provide education and outreach about the importance of getting everyone involved to fight back against the opioid epidemic. It’s critical that we highlight a positive aspect of substance use disorder – that recovery is possible, and many people recover to live positive, fulfilling lives. This public health emergency is so devastating that we need to channel and focus public and media attention on two events, bookending September.


More on Mondays

Each Monday in August, DDAP will release information on the Natiocalendar.jpgnal Recovery Month kick-off event, set for Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg.

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