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‘Recovery Month’ Spreads Message of Hope 09/29/12

In Whatcom County and across the United States, September was celebrated as “National Recovery Month,” an annual effort to promote awareness about the prevention and treatment of mental illness and substance abuse.

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Recovery Month focuses on people in recovery and highlights the contributions of treatment and service providers. This year’s theme was “Join the Voices for Recovery – It's Worth It.”

In a proclamation announced in August, Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire expressed support for the campaign and urged “all citizens to join me in this special observance.”

According to Gregoire, “It is essential to realize mental health and substance use disorders are treatable and people should seek treatment for these conditions with the same urgency as they would any other health condition.”

Recovery Month “promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible,” added Chris Imhoff, Director of Behavioral Health and Recovery at the Washington Department of Health and Human Services, in an online statement.

As part of the effort, events and rallies were held in communities across the nation. Whatcom County residents are invited to attend a “Recovery Day” march and rally in downtown Vancouver on Sunday, Sept. 30. The event will begin at noon on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery at 750 Hornby Street and will include speeches, live music, a moment of silence, and a “sobriety count.” Participants are encouraged to bring signs and banners. For more information, visit the Vancouver Recovery Day Rally Facebook page.

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