September is National Recovery Month, which is now in its 27th year. Instituted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to highlight the often-overlooked successes of people in recovery, National Recovery Month is an opportunity to celebrate your achievements and milestones and spread the message that recovery is possible.1

The theme for 2017 is “Strengthen Families and Communities.” When someone recovers from a drug or alcohol addiction, it benefits the family and the community in many ways. Letting the world know that people can and do recover from drug or alcohol addiction sends an important message to policymakers and communities.

Here are some ways you can participate in National Recovery Month in North Carolina this year to give yourself some props and help raise awareness about recovery and how a life of sobriety is not only possible, but beautiful as well.2

Annual Western Regional Recovery Rally

The Annual Western Regional Recovery Rally demonstrates that people can and do recover from addiction for the long-term. Special speakers from the community will talk about recovery, and people in recovery will share their stories to celebrate and instill hope in others struggling with addiction. The rally will feature a number of family activities, including fun things for kids to do.

When: September 9, 2017, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Open Air Gym at Lake Junaluska

2nd Annual Nash County Recovery Rally

Nash County’s second annual Rally for Recovery features guest speakers from the community and will highlight recovery stories to educate and inspire. Food and drinks will be served, and live music will entertain the crowd and contribute to the celebratory atmosphere.

When: September 23, 2017, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: Glover Park, 1782 NC HWY 58, Nashville, NC

NC Triad Rally for Recovery

This year’s Rally for Recovery in High Point features speakers from the community who are in recovery as well as allies from the local government, faith communities, businesses and recovery centers. A bounce house, photo booth and face painting are among the activities for children and youth at the event. Live music, vendors, a raffle and a recovery relay will help raise money for local recovery efforts.

When: September 24, 2017, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Where: High Point Athletic Complex, 2920 School Park Road, High Point, NC

Capital Area Rally for Recovery

People in recovery and allies from across the Greater Triangle Area will gather in Charlotte for the 5th Annual Capital Area Rally for Recovery to raise awareness about recovery and advocate for people with addictions. This all-day event will feature speakers and activities for all ages that engage and unite the community.

When: September 30, 2017, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Center Stage, 2315 North Davidson, Charlotte, NC

NC Recovery Fest

Billed “The National Recovery Month after-party you do not want to miss,” NC Recovery Fest will take place on October 7. A DJ will spin dance tunes and a slew of activities are planned for kids and families. Participate in or watch the Motorcycle Run, listen to inspiring speakers and eat free tacos.

When: October 7, 2017, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Dorothea Dix Park, 2105 Umstead Drive, Raleigh, NC

National Recovery Month Sends an Important Message

This year, celebrate your recovery by participating in one of the many rallies and other events planned in North Carolina for National Recovery Month. The more voices that spread hope and advocate for treatment and recovery, the louder the message: recovery is possible, and it’s well worth it.