September is National Recovery Month, a month dedicated to challenging social stigmas, spreading awareness, and inspiring commitment to sobriety. Florida hosts an array of events to spread awareness, provide encouragement, and help you connect with others in recovery. Here are some of the events around the sunshine state that will keep you on the right path.
Broward National Recovery Month
Fort Lauderdale hosts its 28th annual Broward National Recovery Month event at the Museum of Discovery and Science. Here, attendees celebrate the recovery journey together and recognize those who act as a pillar within the recovery community.. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
Where: 401 SW 2nd Street Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
When: September 22, 2018 from 6:00pm-11:00pm
Contact: Kristen Smith @ (786) 267-3502
Moments of Change
Moments of Change’s educational event showcases the “top minds in behavioral healthcare.” This four day conference hosts panels educating attendees and industry professionals on critical and innovative recovery topics imperative to success in achieving and maintaining sobriety.
Where: 1 S County Rd Palm Beach, FL 33480
When: October 1-4 2018 from 7:00am to 5:00pm
Contact: Foundations Events @ (877) 345-3360
Run 4 Recovery
WestBridge celebrates its 4th Annual “Run 4 Recovery” 5K Run/Walk in scenic Tampa, Florida. Attendees have the choice of the 5K Run/Walk 3.1 mile event or the 1 Mile Walk route. This family friendly event allows dogs and participants with strollers. Light refreshments and water stations are provided in addition to an official “Run 4 Recovery” dri fit shirt for all who participate.
Where: 4810 N. Himes Ave. Tampa, Florida 33614
When: September 22, 2018 from 9:00am to 11:00 am
Contact: Sara Jean @ 1 (877) 461-7711
2nd Annual Ocala Recovery Fest
The 2nd annual Recovery Fest is hosted in Ocala's beautiful Tuscawilla park. Guest speakers share their personal stories of recovery to promote lifelong commitment to sobriety. Local food vendors, music, and healthcare companies are available for all who attend.
Where: 829 NE Sanchez Ave Ocala, FL 34470
When: September 8, 2018 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Contact: Nancy Castillo @ (352) 438-5992
Mental Health First Aid for Military Families and Veterans
Whether you or a loved one is an active duty member or veteran, Mental Health First Aid for Military Families and Veterans offers a vital interactive training aimed at strengthening support for the people we love. Addiction is just as prevalent amongst military personnel as it is for civilians and often their needs are left at the wayside. Recognizing when your loved ones need help is crucial in getting them the help they need when they need it. Completion of this training will award the participant with a 3-year certification in Mental Health First Aid. Pre-registration is required.
Where: 4408 Delwood Lane Panama City, Florida 32408
When September 21 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm and September 28, 2018 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm (event is held over 2 days)
Contact: Suzanne Clark, LCSW @ (850) 319-3828
Having fun in recovery does not have to be difficult. Events like these and others in your area are available to anyone looking to have a good time while also learning new ways to stay sober. For more information or to find National Recovery Month Events in your town, click here!