September 2015 marked the 26th National Recovery Month. Every September, Recovery Month increases awareness and understanding of mental and substance use issues and celebrates the people who recover. Events were held in Casper, Cheyenne, Jackson, Riverton/Lander, Rock Springs, and Sheridan. Here are some highlights. Each of the projects received a small grant from the Behavioral Health Division which were matched by the community.
The annual Recovery Rocks event included more than 350 people, fun activities constantly packed with kids, 62 cars at a car show, food and fun. The Avengers band kept things rocking and rolling. Sponsored by the 12-24 Club, Wyoming Meth Project, and the community.
One hundred persons affected by addiction share their personal message of recovery at Recover Wyoming’s Message Mob on the Capitol Steps.
Two events were held in Jackson with support from Curran Seeley board members, clients, and staff. A community barbecue included 72 persons in recovery, friends, family members, and others. There was also a presentation about the principles of substance abuse and addiction.
Community organizations came together for the Fremont County Recovery Day, “Healing a Community.” Three speakers shared their recovery experiences to provide hope to others who are still new or looking for recovery. The community then shared inspirational stories via the open mic. The event was fun and healing for the community. The project was lead by Fremont Counseling Service and supported by the community.
Rock Springs, Wyoming
“Addiction can be like having an elephant in the room” reads the Rocket-Miner headline for the unique approach to Recovery Month in Rock Springs during September. Persons in recovery took the lead to create elephants that were placed around the community. Southwest Counseling Services took the lead on this project.
A tent filled with friends, family, alumni and the recovery community applaud the 2015 Volunteers of America treatment program graduates, September 26, 2015.
For more information about Recovery Month events (all year long!) visit http://www.recoverymonth.gov/