September is Recovery Month in Colorado
Your Guide to This Year’s Local & Virtual Events
Your Guide to This Year’s Local & Virtual Events
September is Recovery Month in Colorado. There will be many events this month to celebrate recovery, honor the professionals and organizations that make recovery possible, remember those lost to addiction and provide resources to those seeking recovery. Check out our guide to this year’s Recovery Month events in Colorado. National Recovery Month is an observance geared toward educating Americans about substance abuse, addiction and mental health treatment options. The goal of National Recovery Month is to illuminate the myriad of treatment options available to individuals that empower them to build healthy, rewarding lives in recovery. The day reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to an individual’s health and overall well being. If you are in need of recovery related resources or services, contact us. CuraWest offers a world-class medical detox program in Denver, Colorado to help individuals take the first step on the road to recovery.
Why Do We Celebrate Recovery Month in Colorado?
“There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery,” states the National Recovery Month press release. “Since these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, Recovery Month provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate these accomplishments. Each September, tens of thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities around the country celebrate Recovery Month. They speak about strides made by those in recovery and share their success stories with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues. In doing so, everyone helps to increase awareness and foster a greater understanding about mental and substance use disorders.”
2021’s National Recovery Month in Colorado
This year’s National Recovery Month theme is “Recovery is For Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community.” This theme reminds people of the importance of peer, family and community support and sends the message that recovery doesn’t just impact the individual, it affects our society as a whole In celebration of National Recovery Month in Maine, there will be numerous virtual, local and national events.
Events Celebrating National Recovery Month in Colorado:
The Wellbriety All Addictions Recovery Conference
Sept. 9 -12 | Hotel Elegante Conference & Event Center, Colorado Springs | Learn More Here
This multi-day recovery conference will feature speakers from AA, Al-Anon, NA, Codependency Anonymous and SLAA. All recovery paths are welcome.
Springs Recovery Rally 2021
Sept. 25 from 9am to 12pm | Acacia Park in Colorado Springs | Learn More Here
This recovery rally in Colorado Springs will feature food, coffee, a live DJ, line dancing, recovery resource fair and speakers, including Marcus Weaver.
Saturday Oct. 2 from 5 to 8pm | The Phoenix 2239 Champa Street, Denver, Colorado | Register Here
This event is hosted in partnership with Secret Dance Addiction and The Phoenix. The evening will be a fun gathering for sober individuals to meet each other. There will be a limbo contest, an interactional intention wall, a guided mindfulness practice, fun photo booth and guest speakers.
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3-Part Virtual Event Series, “Reunite, Reconnect in Recovery”, With News Anchor Brandon Lee
Virtual | Tuesday Sept. 7, 14 & 28 at 8pm EST | Watch Here
Community Bridges, Inc. will host a 3-part Facebook Live event series on Tuesday nights in September exploring multiple topics pertaining to addiction and recovery. The events will be moderated by Arizona Family Channel 3 news anchor Brandon Lee.
Speakers Will Include:
- Sept. 7 – Stephanie Siete, Public Information Officer for Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
- Sept. 14 – Ashley Thompson, who will speak about Snapchat’s effect on the drug market
- Sept. 28 – Speakers on the topic of “Clean living: How Healthy eating, physical activity and creative hobbies aid in recovery.”
Five Day Kundalini Meditation Challenge for Recovery
Virtual | Sept. 7 -11 from 1-12:15pm EST | Live on Facebook Here
Super Health will host 12 minutes of a Kundalini meditation for five days. The meditation, called Kirtan Kriya, is an interactive, multi-sensory experience. It is effective at bringing an overall balance to the brain and rewiring the nervous system. Additionally, Kirtan Kriya has been the subject of multiple studies with impressive findings linked to stress relief, reversing memory loss, easing depression, decreasing inflammatory genes while increasing healthy ones, and alleviating symptoms of PTSD.
National Recovery Month’s Kick-Off Event
Virtual | Sept. 9 from 3 to 5pm EST. | Register Here
The 2021 National Recovery Month theme, “Recovery is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community” reminds people in recovery and those who support them, that recovery belongs to all of us. We are all called to end gatekeeping and welcome everyone to recovery by lowering barriers to recovery support, creating inclusive spaces and programs, and broadening our understanding of what recovery means for people with different experiences. Speakers will share their expression of recovery and celebrate the extraordinary impact recovery community members, families, friends and community partners have had in their communities and our nation.
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Healthy Sexuality in Recovery, a Live Online Webinar Series
Virtual | Fridays Sept. 10 & 17 from 3:30 to 6:30pm EST | $90 regular; $45 for student, intern or retiree | Register Here
In this workshop Mary Minten, PhD, MFT, CST, LCADC will explore healthy sexuality from diverse perspectives (differently abled, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation/configuration, age, cultural differences, relationship structures, body differences, and more). The seminar will discuss some of the underlying principles and concepts of healthy sexuality and how they relate to an individual’s recovery and overall wellbeing.
From Mary: “We will consider how sexual and erotic experiences can be healing as well as how to support communication, consent, relationship skill building, and how to have sober pleasure/sex so we can help clients develop or continue their growth toward healthy sexual connection. We’ll also discuss how people in recovery may have masked – or even as a result of use developed – sexual health problems and how to help clients with these concerns – whether temporary or permanent. For many clients sexual health will be a critical part of their treatment and relapse prevention and we will review some of the research related to this topic. And we’ll look at exercises to use with the client, and discuss how to combine the exercises with therapeutic techniques such as motivational interviewing and exploring existential choice to help our clients set sexual health treatment goals as a part of recovery.”
The webinar is approved for six continuing education units through the National Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC), National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium, among others.
Educational Seminar for Professionals on Addressing Burnout in the Addiction Recovery and Mental Health Fields
Virtual | Sept. 3 from 11:30am to 1:30pm EST | Register Here
At this virtual continuing education seminar, participants will reflect on the impact of uncertainty, explore the human response to acute and chronic stress, identify stress and burnout in professionals and learn to apply three evidence-based strategies to increase resilience and manage chronic occupational stress during uncertainty.
The Seminar Will Feature Two Primary Presenters:
- Melissa Piasecki, M.D., the Executive Associate Dean and Professor of Psychiatry at University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine
- Heather Haslem, MS, NBC-HWC, RYT, a qualified Mindful-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher who received her B.A. and M.S. from the University of Nevada, Reno, in Psychology and Human Development & Family Studies.
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“Recover Yourself” Virtual Workshop
Virtual | Sept. 14 or Sept. 21 or Sept. 28 10am to 1pm EST | $30 | Register Here
Burnout and fatigue exist as a possibility for each of us. Frustration and feelings of lack exist in every person no matter who they are. These are the reasons this workshop will focus on recovering ourselves. Participants will stop “recovering from” and start “recovering to” who they really are. Participants will learn techniques to quickly recognize and identify areas where they put on blinders and are reacting, rather than making choices they personally endorse. Adding awareness to these areas will unveil a unique set of tools to face challenges in life and inspire others to do the same.
A Serious Look at Rule 62
Virtual | Sept 24 from 4 to 5:30EST | Watch Here
This online event will bring out the lighter side of recovery by using Alcoholics Anonymous’ Rule 62: do not take yourself too seriously while you continue to take life and recovery seriously. The event will be a chance for those in recovery to share anecdotes, jokes and personal stories that remind us that recovery is, among other things, the opportunity to enjoy ourselves. Participants will learn tools for maintaining balance in recovery.
Recovery Speaker Jam
Virtual | Sept. 22 from 8 to 10pm EST | Watch Here
Virtual Speaker Jam will feature the history of National Recovery Month, recovery stories from several guest speakers and a raffle for all attendees.
Friday Frenzy Speaker Jam | Multiple Pathways to Recovery
Virtual | Every Friday in September | 8 to 9:30pm EST | On Zoom Here
Shining Light Peer Services will be hosting a live zoom speaker series every Friday in September which will celebrate and explore multiple pathways to recovery. The line up includes speakers who will talk about family recovery, hard reduction recovery, abstinence-based recovery, spiritual recovery and more.
Recovery Happens Art Show
Virtual | All Throughout September | Online Here
All month the Voices of Recovery San Mateo will be showcasing the creative talent in the recovery community by hosting its annual Recovery Happens Art Show virtually. The art show will be hosted online all through September.
Facebook Pop-Up Group to Promote Discussion on Recovery
On Facebook | All Throughout September | Find the Group Here
Confidant Health is hosting a pop-up group throughout the month of September of Facebook to promote encouraging conversations between people in recovery, their friends, families and professionals in the addiction treatment and mental health fields. The group is “for anyone who has been touched by substance use, addiction, or overdose. Whether you are in recovery or actively using substances, or are the extended family, parents, children, or friend of someone dealing with addiction or in recovery, this group is for you.”
Virtual Recovery Resources Fair
Virtual | All Through September | Find the Fair Here
Voices of Recovery San Mateo County is hosting on online recovery resources fair throughout the month of September.
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