During National Recovery Month
Events Throughout September Highlight Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery
September is National Recovery Month. It provides opportunities to raise awareness and understanding of substance use disorders and the resources the State of Maryland makes available, as well as to honor those in recovery. Events throughout the state provide opportunities to bring communities together to fight the heroin and opioid epidemic – a top priority of Governor Larry Hogan and Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford.
“Recovery Month is so important because it elevates the conversation on substance use disorders,” said Clay Stamp, executive director of the Opioid Operational Command Center. “All across Maryland, communities are coming together with creative prevention, protection, and recovery efforts, like community-based programs that are providing effective services to those in need.”
Governor Larry Hogan issued a proclamation declaring Recovery Month, and ordered Government House to be lit in purple on September 5 to commemorate the month.
Also on September 5, Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford joined community members at Tuerk House in Baltimore City to recognize September as Recovery Month and to present certificates to 25 brave individuals for successfully transitioning, or assisting in the transition, into recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Stamp visited Helping Up Mission, also in Baltimore City, which provides programs and services to men suffering from homelessness and addiction.