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News // September 29, 2014

Community Celebrates Recovery in San Diego County

Joining other communities in the State and across the nation, San Diego County hosted its tenth annual “Recovery Happens” celebration in honor of National Recovery Month on Saturday, September 6, 2014 in Balboa Park.  This free outreach event celebrated the success of community members in recovery and included more than 50 booths providing information about behavioral health resources in San Diego County.
Event features included the presentation of a Proclamation by County Supervisor Dave Roberts, an American Indian healing drum circle by “Mending Feathers,” and a Recovery countdown.  Also featured were an art exhibit and free interactive activities, including a clay booth, face painting, games, a photo booth, live dance instructors, and free snacks donated by various community organizations.  It was a fabulous day of hugs, high fives and the recognition that a life free from addiction leads to many good things.  Events such as these support Live Well San Diego by promoting healthy, safe and drug-free communities.

The Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the US Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance behavioral health nationwide.  SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
As of September 19, 2014, SAMHSA reported 68 proclamations had been issued for Recovery Month nationwide, including one by President Barrack Obama. Included in this count was the proclamation presented by Supervisor Dave Roberts on behalf of Chairwoman Dianne Jacob and the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors declaring September to be National Recovery Month in San Diego.

The Presidential Proclamation highlights that “during the 25th annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery month, we celebrate those who are seeking treatment and those who have found pathways to healthy, rewarding lives, and we stand with the families, friends, and professionals who support them.”

Press and media attended the San Diego County Recovery event, and produced the news coverage.