September is National Recovery Month!
Started in 1989, National Recovery Month is an annual observance to recognize the importance of evidence-based treatment and recovery services, and to celebrate the peers, professionals, and volunteers who work tirelessly towards equitable access to science-based recovery services to all in our state and in our country. AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc. is proud to work alongside so many other amazing organizations, leaders, peers, and volunteers working towards this goal.
In observance of Recovery Month, and in collaboration with the Maine Substance Use Disorder Services Commission, AdCare is sharing a list of Recovery Month celebrations and observations happening around the state throughout the month of September.
Additionally, here are a few highlights of AdCare services and programs related to Recovery Month:
AdCare recently supported the Maine Office of Behavioral Health and the Office of Governor Janet Mills for her 5th Annual Opioid Response Summit, held in Portland. Along with multiple workshops focused on recovery, the Summit featured many voices of recovery, to hear first-hand the impact of recovery services on the lives of many Mainers. Recordings and resources from the 2023 Summit are available at this link: https://adcareme.org/orsummit/
AdCare Maine administers SAMHSA’s New England Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC). On September 19th, our PTTC program will host the webinar: A Conversation with Carolyn Delaney and Alison Jones Webb: The Impact of Recovery Allies in Our Communities and Prevention Work. For this webinar, our Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, Sarah Johnson, will interview Alison and Carolyn, to learn about the impact recovery allies working in the prevention field can have in our communities. Register for this free webinar at this link: https://pttcnetwork.org/centers/new-england-pttc/event/conversation-carolyn-delaney-and-alison-jones-webb-impact-recovery
Our PTTC just recently launched products from our 2023 Research and Design Fellowship Program. The 2023 R.A.D. Fellowship Program consisted of six fellows, one from each of the New England states, engaged in a seven-month, independent study program to develop a practical tool or resource to address root causes of substance use disorder. Our R.A.D. Fellows created some great resources, many of which connect to recovery. Find those resources and a link to a recording of the produce launch symposium at this link: https://pttcnetwork.org/centers/new-england-pttc/product/2023-new-england-pttc-research-design-rad-prevention-fellowship
We continue our commitment to work with our colleagues and partners in Maine to seeing that every Mainer has easy and equitable access to evidence-based recovery services in our great state. We appreciate and celebrate all who are engaged in this work, thank you for everything you are doing for Maine!
-Scott M. Gagnon, MPP, PS-C
Associate Executive Director, AdCare Educational Institute of Maine, Inc.