(Chicago) – Governor Pat Quinn has issued a proclamation announcing September as Recovery Month in Illinois. National Recovery Month features events and celebrations that recognize the societal value and personal successes of recovery from mental and substance use disorders.
This year’s theme is Join the Voices for Recovery, Together on Pathways to Wellness. In partnership with community partners across Illinois, TASC is proud to participate in several events this September. All are encouraged to attend:
Sat. 9/14 at Governors State University: Walk for Recovery. Hosted by the Governors State University Alumni Association and the Addictions Studies Alumni Club, GSU’s 2nd Annual Walk for Recovery is free and open to the public. Registration will run from 8 to 9 AM, followed by a program at 9 AM, and concluding with a two-mile walk at 10 AM. Featured speakers will include Peter Palanca, executive vice president and chief operating officer for TASC; Benny Lee, community liaison and reentry specialist for TASC; and comedian Tommy Connolly. The event will offer resource information, door prizes, refreshments, music, and entertainment. Sponsors include: IlliniCare Health Plan, TASC, the Illinois Certification Board, and the South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.
Sat. 9/14 in Rockford: Recovery Rally on the Rock. Rockford’s 5th annual recovery rally will take place from 11 AM to 3 PM on the banks of the Rock River at the Madison Street Trolley Station near the Riverview Ice House. Co-sponsored by TASC through the leadership of Bridget Kiely and Kate Craig, the event celebrates recovery from alcohol and drug addiction while raising awareness of local resources to prevent and treat substance use and mental health conditions. It is a free, family-friendly event that will include music and inspiring words from local community members. A wide range of community resources will be offered.
Sat. 9/14 in Chicago: Outside the Walls. Sponsored by the Winners’ Circle and coordinated by the Reverend Tommie Johnson, this annual event is a celebration of hope and healing in the spirit of recovery. Outside the Walls honors the lives of men and women who have paid their debts to society and today celebrate the reconnection of families once broken due to incarceration. The event will feature local gospel artists, food, and full day of family-oriented fun and activities, offering a spiritual atmosphere emphasizing the value of faith-based consciousness in community reentry. Outside the Walls will take place from 11 AM to 4 PM at Douglas Park in Chicago, at the northwest corner of Ogden and California Avenue.
Mon. 9/30 in Chicago: Healthy Families, Healthy Communities – It’s All About Recovery! Sponsored by Great Lakes ATTC, this full-day training (8:30 AM – 5 PM) will feature renowned experts discussing the importance of recovery and its impact on all family members. The concept of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) will be the frame used to discuss how to shore up and sustain healthy families. Topics will include: Global Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care & Recovery; Healthcare Reform; and issues specific to men & families, to youth, and to women. Presenters include: Cherie A. Hunter, consultant/trainer/ facilitator, Hunter Communications; Kenneth L. Osborne, author/speaker/ consultant; Peter Palanca, executive vice president and chief operating officer, TASC; Mark Sanders, author/speaker/consultant, On The Mark Consulting; Jeffrey Coady, regional administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA); and Lonnetta Albright, executive director, Great Lakes ATTC. Registration is $50 and includes breakfast and lunch.
Also, Recovery Month 2013 features special learning opportunities such as a September 11 webinar for clergy and other congregational leaders. Understanding Addiction and Supporting Recovery is free and sponsored by the National Association for Children of Alcoholics.
This month marks the 24th annual observance of National Recovery Month. It is estimated that more than 20 million Americans are in recovery today.