September is Recovery Month

ELLSWORTH — Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.

Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.

This year’s annual theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community.” Healthy Acadia has several awareness events scheduled throughout the month.

On Friday, Sept. 21, is the Walk for Recovery and Candlelight Vigil in Machias.

The walk, hosted by the Washington County Community Action Team and Healthy Acadia, starts at the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce (across from Helen’s Restaurant) and goes to Bad Little Falls Park. Lineup is at 5:45 p.m. and the walk starts at 6.

Individuals and families are invited to share their stories of recovery and to bring photos of loved ones lost to addiction, which can be shared on recovery and remembrance boards.

For more information, contact Terri Woodruff at [email protected].

On Monday, Sept. 24, there will be a potluck dinner and discussion from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Your Place Inc., 8 Old Mill Road in Ellsworth. Bring a dish to share and hear speakers from James’ Place share their experiences with developing recovery housing in Augusta.

For more information, email Denise Black at [email protected].

Two Recovery Coach Academy classes will be offered in Ellsworth this fall: Sept. 25-28 and Oct. 16-19.

This 30-hour training enables participants to become CARR-certified Recovery Coach volunteers in their community. Register for either session at or contact Denise Black or Terri Woodruff at Healthy Acadia for more information.

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