September 2021 is National Recovery Month! National Recovery Month, celebrated annually each September, is a national observance and a national celebration to educate Americans that treatment can help those suffering from addiction find recovery and live healthy and rewarding lives.
The purpose of National Recovery Month is to celebrate recovery from addiction, to bring awareness that recovery is possible, to highlight hopeful and uplifting stories of Americans living in recovery, and to break the stigma so often still associated with addiction and mental illness. National Recovery Month celebrates the millions of Americans that have found recovery from addiction, alcoholism, substance use disorders, and co-occurring disorders, and reinforces the message that behavioral health issues like addiction and mental illness is essential to overall health and wellness, that prevention efforts work, that addiction treatment is effective, and that recovery is available to anyone.
Annually, a new focus and theme is selected for National Recovery Month. In 2021, the theme is “Recovery is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community.” This message will support ongoing themes and events throughout the month, demonstrating that recovery from addiction is not simply for an individual, but for the family members and communities that are impacted by addiction and also need recovery. Proud members of recovery communities in every city and state throughout the country will share the message that recovery works by coming together and sharing their stories of treatment and recovery.
In Pennsylvania, there are many National Recovery Month events and activities. Local communities, cities, and the state as a whole will celebrate National Recovery Month. Here at Innovo Detox, we have chosen several events local to Central Pennsylvania to support. Most of these events are open to the public and the local community, some requiring tickets to attend. Below is a list of the National Recovery Months in our local Pennsylvania community that Innovo Detox will be present at and support:
Saturday, September 4th
The Nicole Conway Memorial Volleyball Tournament
Founded by Blueprints for Addiction Recovery, the Nicole Conway Memorial Volleyball Tournament will be held on Saturday, September 4th from 9:00am-7pm at Fairview Park in Columbia, Pennsylvania. This event honors the life of Nicole Conway and all those that have been lost to substance use and mental health disorders. The day celebrates second chances and the transformational beauty of life in recovery through a volleyball tournament, speeches, fellowship, and fun. The event raises money that goes directly to Nicole’s son Kaayson, as well as two other young children, Jayla and Riley, who lost their father Jake Diehl. There is a 50/50 raffle as well.
Sunday, September 5th
York Revolution Game
On Sunday, September 5th, Recovery Day will be celebrated during a York Revolution baseball game, including the throwing out of the first pitch. Based in York, Pennsylvania, The York Revolution is an American professional baseball team that is a member of the North Division of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, an independent partner league of Major League Baseball. During the game, recovery from addiction will be highlighted and celebrated. York County Recovery Day of the York Revolution will begin at 12pm with recovery resources and services, vendor tables and lunch. The baseball game, taking place at PeoplesBank Park in York, PA, begins at 2:00pm.
Wednesday, September 18th
RASE Project Comedy Show
The evening of Wednesday, September 8th, the RASE Project is hosting its National Recovery Month event, a dinner and show featuring comedian Craig Shoemaker. An effort to raise awareness and promote consciousness about addiction and recovery, this event will be from 5:00pm-9:00pm at the Best Western Premier at 80 East Park Drive in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Doors open at 5:00pm and the comedy show begins at 6:00pm.
Saturday, September 11th
Lancaster Recovery Day
On Saturday, September 11th, the Lancaster County Recovery Alliance will host Recovery Day Lancaster 2021. Recovery Day Lancaster promoted a celebration of healing and helps normalize addiction recovery as a healthy and contributing factor towards a strong community. According to the organization’s website, “recovery is more sustainable in a welcoming and supportive environment.” Recovery Day Lancaster will take place at 9:30am in Buchanan Park in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The day is being promoted as a family-friend celebration of addiction recovery, and includes a 5K Run for Recovery, event opening ceremony, a unity circle, live music, vendors, crafts, and games.
Saturday, September 11th
Not One More York Chapter- 6th Annual 5K Run/Walk for Recovery
Also taking place on Saturday, September 11th, the York Chapter of Not One More will hold their 6th annual 5K Run/Walk for Recovery. The race will start at 10:00am and take place at John Rudy County Park at 400 Mundis Race Road, York, Pennsylvania 17406. The day will include resource tents from addiction treatment providers and other community organizations, food and coffee trucks, icees from Snow Palace, and chair massages from HACC Massage Therapy. The race raises money for the mission of Not One More- York, which is to provide awareness, education, and support to those affected by substance use disorder and addiction- as well as to provide a gathering opportunity for the recovery community.
Tuesday, September 21
Recovery Advocacy Day
On Tuesday, September 21st, National Recovery Day will be celebrated at the Pennsylvania state capitol in Harrisburg. Recovery Advocacy Day, branded as “Courage to Change”, will take place from 10:00am to 1:00pm. The purpose of this event is to bring awareness that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover. People will share their stories of recovery and hope with local and Pennsylvania state legislators. The event aims to raise awareness of substance use and celebrate individuals in recovery.
If you or someone you know needs help for addiction or co-occurring disorders, please give us a call. Innovo Detox offers the latest in evidence-based medical, psychiatric, and clinical care for those in need of detox and medical stabilization in Pennsylvania and the surrounding Mid-Atlantic area. If we aren’t the best fit for you or a loved one, we will take the necessary time to work with you to find a detox, rehab, treatment center or provider that better fits your needs. Please give us a call at (717) 619-3260 or email our team at [email protected]. For more information on our company or services, please visit our website at www.innovodetox.com.