The Hands Across the Bridge Project is a vehicle to provide leadership development in the recovering community, give a voice to people
that they may speak out on recovery related issues, and learn to advocate for treatment and prevention resources in the community. Our leaders will become proficient in public speaking, event planning, and fundraising. Our Signature Event, in helping break the stigma of addiction, will be held annually on the 3rd weekend of September. This event would include leaders from the recovery community, elected officials, community organizations, treatment centers, and people who support recovery and substance abuse prevention.
Once a year the Hands Across the Bridge event happens in Oregon and Washington states on labor day. In 2014, 2,262 people joined hands to span the Interstate 5 Bridge connecting the two states. This annual event is kicked off by National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. Organizers are expecting more people each year.
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What is Recovery Month?
Recovery Month is an annual observance that takes place during the month of September.
The Recovery Month observance highlights the societal benefits of substance abuse treatment, lauds the contributions of treatment providers and promotes the message that recovery from substance abuse in all its forms is possible. The observance also encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective substance abuse treatment for those in need. Each year a new theme, or emphasis, is selected for the observance.
Recovery Month provides a platform to celebrate people in recovery and those who serve them. Each September, thousands of treatment programs around the country celebrate their successes and share them with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues in an effort to educate the public about treatment, how it works, for whom, and why. Substance abuse treatment providers have made significant accomplishments, having transformed the lives of untold thousands of Americans. These successes often go unnoticed by the broader population; therefore, Recovery Month provides a vehicle to celebrate these successes.
Recovery Month also serves to educate the public on substance abuse as a national health crisis that addiction is a treatable disease, and that recovery is possible.
Recovery Month highlights the benefits of treatment for not only the affected individual, but for their family, friends, workplace, and the society as a whole. Educating the public reduces the stigma associated with addiction and treatment. Accurate knowledge of the disease helps people to understand the importance of supporting treatment programs, those who work within the treatment field, and those in need of treatment.
Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.
Every September, the Klamath County recovery community comes together to celebrate and recognize the efforts of organizations, agencies, recovery groups, research partners, therapists and counselors, treatment and recovery programs and individuals in recovery. It is during this month around the country that we celebrate these successes and share them with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues in an effort to educate the public about recovery, how it works, for whom, and why. There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. These successes often go unnoticed by the broader population; therefore, Recovery Month provides a vehicle to celebrate these accomplishments.
The Recovery Month observance emphasizes that while the road to recovery may be difficult, the benefits of preventing and overcoming behavioral health conditions are significant and valuable to individuals, families, and communities. Recovery Month, officially celebrated each September, has become a year-round initiative that supports educational outreach and celebratory events throughout the year.
Come join us in a fun filled day including things such as BBQ, Live Music, Raffle, Bouncy House (for the kids) and the event of getting together and participating in the Hands Across the Bridge. See Ya There!!!