Students from the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Behavioral Science program participated in the 2017 Recovery Celebration event held at the Aroostook State Park. The purpose of the September recovery event was to celebrate the recovery process while raising awareness that people can, and do, recover.
According to Kelley Johnston, LADC, CCS from Life By Design, this event was organized to celebrate National Recovery Month. An objective of the event included increasing the visibility of recovery at the individual, family and community level while highlighting the various paths members have taken to strengthen their recovery-change process.
September is National Recovery Month, a national observance held every September to celebrate people in recovery while highlighting the benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for substance use and mental disorders.
“Recovery is taking place every day, sometimes it is hard to see, but when you do get to see it brings hope and joy and speaks to the incredible resiliency of individual and families to persevere and overcome,” said event coordinator Pete McCorison, LCSW, LADC at AMHC. “That is why over 70 folks got together young and old to celebrate the gift of recovery on a wonderful fall day Saturday, September 30th.”
“It was great to see that different individuals came out and shared their stories, making other individuals aware that substance abuse and substance use disorders is indeed an actual problem,” said UMFK student, Glenroy Osbourne. “In addition, each participant highlighted one key factor for their recovery, and that was highlighting that support is critical in the recovery process. Whether it was peer support or that from their providers.”
For more information about UMFK’s Behavioral Science program, go to www.umfk.edu or call (207) 834-7500.