Every September, the Gándara Center participates in National Recovery Month, which is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. This longstanding observance, now in its 30th year, is designed to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, celebrate people in recovery, and laud the contributions of treatment and service providers. The 2019 theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger.
The focus of National Recovery Month has evolved over the years to shine the spotlight on the achievements of those in recovery. Recovery Month began in 1989 as Treatment Works! Month, which honored the work of substance use treatment professionals. The name was changed in 1998 to Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, expanding the occasion to include individuals who have succeeded in their recovery. It received its present name in 2011 to encompass all parts of the behavioral health industry, including researchers in the field.
Gándara Center National Recovery Month Events
Hope for Holyoke is one of several Gándara recovery support centers involved in events in conjunction with National Recovery Month (see below). Hope for Holyoke will have a large presence at Holyoke Recovery Day, as well as attending the Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR) Walks and Rally in Hartford, CT on September 21 and the Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR) celebration in Boston on September 16. Hope for Holyoke, as well as our PIER Recovery Center of Cape Cod, plans to attend the CCAR events in Hartford. Members of our Stairway to Recovery center in Brockton will also attend the Boston events, taking the 8:29 a.m. commuter train from the MBTA Brockton Station at 7 Commercial Street to South Station in Boston.
HOLYOKE RECOVERY DAY
Friday, September 27
Recovery march and celebration starts at Heritage State Park on Appleton Street. The march ends at Veterans Park on Dwight Street.
12:00-1:00 Gather in Heritage Park for the March for Recovery. Bring a sign to show what you are celebrating about your recovery!
1:00-4:00 Veterans Park Recovery Celebration
- Opening remarks, special guests, speakers
- Mayor Alex Morse–Proclamation for Holyoke Recovery Day
- State Rep. Aaron Vega with greetings from the Statehouse
- Personal recovery stories of hope
- Resource tables
There will be live music and dance, snacks, refreshments, giveaways, games, and prizes.
STAIRWAY TO RECOVERY, BROCKTON
Wednesday, September 11
11:00 a.m. Relapse Prevention LIVE!! on Facebook
Friday, September 20
11:00 a.m. Recovery Cookout
George G. Snow Park, Crescent Street, Brockton
Thursday, September 26
10:00 a.m. Stairway to Recovery Open House (142 Crescent Street, Brockton): recovery support groups, t-shirt art project, and lunch
MOAR WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS RECOVERY DAY
Friday, September 20
Holy Name Social Center (next to Liberty Prep Recovery High School), 37 Alderman Street, Springfield
10:50-2:00 p.m. ceremony, as well as lunch. Gándara Center will have a resource table at this event.
PIER RECOVERY CENTER OF CAPE COD
Wednesday, September 25
Mexican-themed dinner party at the PIER Center, 209 Main Street, Hyannis
Saturday, September 28
David Lewis 5K for Recovery (9:00 a.m.): PIER will have a resource table at this race is in Falmouth.
CONNECTICUT COMMUNITY FOR ADDICTION RECOVERY (CCAR)
2OTH ANNUAL RECOVERY WALKS AND RALLY
Saturday, September 21
Noon-6:00 p.m., Bushnell Park, Hartford, CT
CCAR began hosting the annual “Recovery Walks!” celebration in 2000. This year, CCAR was also chosen by Faces and Voices of Recovery to be the National Hub event for the 2019 Rally for Recovery. The band Shaded Soul will perform, and the event will feature stories of recovery, advocates, exhibitors, and plenty of fun activities (face painting, caricatures, food trucks, etc.)
MOAR AND FRIENDS 29TH ANNUAL RECOVERY MONTH CELEBRATION
Monday, September 16
9:00 a.m. Rally and march at City Hall Plaza
10:00 a.m. Celebration and Faneuil Hall
12:15 p.m. Lunch at Quincy Market
1:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Artists in recovery perform
The Plymouth Recovery Center is in the midst of planning a Recovery Month celebration at its location at 71 Obery Street in Plymouth. Details will be posted on the center’s website in the near future.