Events held to raise awareness of substance use, celebrate recovery

PROVIDENCE – A number of events focused on increasing awareness and understanding of mental health and substance-use disorders are planned across the state this month.

September, designated 30 years ago as National Recovery Month by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is also a time to recognize progress made by people in recovery, health officials say.

“Each year, during the month of September, members of the Rhode Island recovery community come out to show the value and importance of supporting people in recovery. We need to spread the message to those who have not yet begun the recovery process that addiction is a disease, treatment is available, and recovery is possible,” said Rebecca Boss, director of the R.I. Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals.


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Scheduled events include: 

  • “Many Pathways to Recovery,” a training for professionals at Waterfire Arts Center in Providence on Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m. Registration is $10 and can be made here.
  • “Opioids in our Community,” featuring a Rhode Island PBS professional-development teacher workshop, reception, screening of “The Fix: Examining Rhode Island’s Opioid Epidemic,” and post-screening discussion will be held at Waterfire Arts Center from 4:30-8:30 p.m. on Sept. 19. Register here.
  • Rally4Recovery in the Bristol Town Common will be held in Bristol on Sept. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • “All Roads Lead to Recovery,” a panel and mixer with members of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, SMART Recovery and Collegiate Recovery will be held at the Waterfire Arts Center from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 25.
  • “How to Create a Magical Friendship and Why it Matters,” a talk by Jennifer Guerin will be held at the Waterfire Arts Center at 5:30 p.m. on Sept 26.
  • Rally4Recovery in Pottsy Field, Middletown, will be held on Sept. 28 from noon to 4 p.m.

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