September is National Recovery Month, a national observance that promotes and supports recovery practices and evidenced-based drug and alcohol treatment. Correctional staff and participants work collectively to develop positive and motivational activities that commemorate the strides made in recovery. Everyone is encouraged to use their knowledge and creativity to show the pride and strength of our recovery communities.
This year our staff and participants exemplified pride and inspiration through an array of events. One popular activity across all institutions was art therapy. While the creations varied from murals and drawings to banners and crafts, each project exemplified the dedication of the participants and highlights an exceptional level of talent and skill.
SCI Cambridge Springs created a memory board (pictured) to honor women who have died from a drug/alcohol addiction. The board is covered with beautiful, handmade artwork.
SCI Forest gathered in discussion to focus on the importance of recovery and finding ways to honor those who have lost their lives, as well as the families who continue to suffer the effects of addiction.
Other events included: talent shows, skits, poster-board contests, homemade flyers, poetry, team-building games and recovery-based movie and video days. Contest winners were rewarded with treats and small surprises.
National Recovery Month is an opportunity for our treatment communities to come together in motivation, collaboration and inspiration. We applaud the level of commitment witnessed this year and express appreciation for staff and participants who have shown an elevated interest in celebrating
everyone who makes recovery a reality.