The first days of school are fast approaching, and that always reminds me that September, and RECOVERY MONTH are not far behind!

To get inspiring stories of personal recovery....and see what other cities, organizations and individuals are doing to celebate click below...

At the Faces and Voices of Recovery website you will find information about their video, "The Power of Our Stories: Speaking Out for Addiction Recovery"

This video is designed to empower people in recovery, their family members, friends, and allies to speak out for addiction recovery. Through example, the video emphasizes the importance of standing up and speaking out. It demonstrates how people are using their stories to change attitudes and policies that stigmatize and discriminate against people seeking or in recovery from addiction to alcohol or drugs.

It's available for web viewing or purchase. The Web version of the streaming video can be viewed online at: mms://

National Addiction Counselors Day
Or, "Addiction Professional's Day", will be September 20, 2006. It coincides with National Recovery Month and is a time to ensure counselors get the recognition of how important they are to the field of recovery and treatment. Without the powerful work of addiction counselors there is no addiction profession.

The Association For Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) is asking everyone to Please take the time to get as many people in your community involved as possible. Contact your mayor and ask that they declare September 20, 2006, as "Addiction Counselors' Day". Contact your state legislators and ask them to pass a proclamation that recognizes the work that the alcohol and other drug abuse counselors do. They have some great resources available for download:

Addiction Professionals' Day Tool Kit
Download Tool Kit (pdf)

Addiction Professionals' Day Proclamation (see below)
Download Proclamation (Microsoft Word Format)

Model Counselors' Day Proclamation (NAADAC)

WHEREAS, addiction counselors are uniquely qualified, frontline health care professionals who are indispensable in the process of guiding patients with addictive disorders to recovery; and

WHEREAS, alcohol and drug disorders are a major public health problem that costs American society more than $300 billion each year, affecting millions of Americans of all ages, races, and ethnic backgrounds and in all communities through treatment, education and prevention programs; and

WHEREAS, addictive disorders are a treatable disease and treatment of addiction is as successful as the treatment of other chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma; and

WHEREAS, tens of thousands of addiction-focused health care professionals have dedicated their lives to increasing awareness of alcohol and drug disorders and the enhancing the care of individuals, families and communities through treatment, education and prevention programs; and

WHEREAS, addiction counselors promote excellence in care by promoting the highest quality and most up-to-date, science-based services to our clients, our families and our communities; and

WHEREAS, NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals, invites all residents of (insert state or city) to recognize Addictions Counselor Day;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, (individual), (title) of the (City or State), do hereby proclaim September 20, 2006, to be ADDICTION COUNSELORS' DAY in (City or State).

Check out Methadone Support Org's page of Personal Recovery Stories

YOUR Recovery Month Activities

** PLEASE submit your activities ASAP to:  **

Providence, RI

Saturday, September 16, 2006 from 4-7pm
at the corner of Steeple Street and Canal Street in Providence

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