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National Recovery Month 2021

July 2021 - Issue 3

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National Recovery Month 2021

This Year's National Recovery Month Theme: Recovery is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. Now in its 31st year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those living in recovery. Are you hosting a Recovery Month event? Be sure to add it to the events database. Posting your event to the Recovery Month website allows people searching for events in your community to easily find it. You can also post photos, logos, and flyers to further promote your event.

Peer Recovery CoE Regional Peer Integration Survey

One of our goals at the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence is to increase the number of settings that use peer recovery support specialists. We want to see peer recovery support specialists in more places! We’ll be hosting Program Design & Implementation Institutes in the near future geared toward assisting various settings looking to offer peer services. We want feedback from YOU to determine strengths and needs of organizations, communities and states to integrate peer recovery support services. Let us know which settings you feel are high priority in your region. Take the short survey here!

Hit Reset and Refresh Your 2021

We are well into Summer 2021! While the pandemic is not entirely behind us, for many, we are beginning to return to a fuller life—catching up with old friends, seeing family, and exploring the world beyond our home. How are you experiencing this new found freedom? Did you discover new skills and strengths within yourself while coping with the isolation of quarantine? How has your interaction with self-care evolved over the last year? How do you manage wellness? We want to hear from you! Click here to share your best self-care techniques, we will publish the list in the August edition of Recovery Reader. We hope to connect our community by sharing our strengths and experience.

July Podcast Episode!

We invite you to give a listen to Recovery Talk, the PR CoE’s podcast that shares stories and information to provide hope and resources to the field of peer recovery. This marks the third episode in a 6-month series where we have the privilege of hearing the story of someone thriving in long-term recovery. In each episode, we speak with a member of the PR CoE about their journey and exploring the power of recovery. In this episode, we have the honor of speaking with Nell Hurley, a member of our Peer-Led Steering Committee. Nell has worked in the peer recovery space for over a decade and is an expert in developing vibrant recovery community organizations. She is passionate about recovery from addiction, fitness, and helping people meet their goals.

Weren't able to catch the Intersection of Prevention and Recovery Series? We've got you covered! The webinar sessions were recorded and are available to view on our Peer Recovery CoE Vimeo page, or simply click the links below.

Upcoming Training & Events

Here's what's coming for July & August

  • Listening Circle, Wednesday, July 14th - Hosted by the Wellbriety Movement & the Peer Recovery CoE . Join us for an opportunity to discuss any and all personal issues arising in your work in the field with trusted friends and colleagues. Find out more.

  • This Town Hall has been rescheduled from June 18th as the Peer Recovery CoE recognized Juneteenth as a National Holiday. Join us on Friday, August 20th! Peer Recovery CoE Town Hall — Peer Integration in Diverse Settings: Implications for the Field Join the conversation! Our Peer-Led Steering Committee continues our Town Hall sessions with a discussion on peer integration in diverse settings. Find out more.

  • Recovery Community Organization (RCO) Regional Listening Sessions: We are inviting you to a 60-minute listening session on capacity building about Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs). We need to hear from you to learn more about the strengths and challenges in RCO development and sustainability in your region. Regions 5 through 10 will all convene in July. Don't miss your region's date! Find out more

Latest News, Events, and Resources from the Field


  • Multiple Pathways Recovery Conference - Registration is open. October 27 - 29, 2021, Punta Gorda, FL

  • National Alliance for Recovery Residences 2021 Best Practices Summit - Find out more. October 24 - 26, 2021, Richmond, VA

  • 2021 ARHE / ARS / AAPG Conference This conference is hosted by the Association of Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE), Association of Recovery Schools (ARS), and Association of Alternative Peer Groups (AAPG). Find out more.


  • Recovery Research Institute - Bulletin (June 30, 2021)


  • Recovery Support Services Along the Continuum of Substance Use and HIV Treatment - Training Package, from the Pacific Southwest ATTC and their partners. Find out more.

  • Mapping Patient Journeys in Drug Addiction Treatment from Cash prizes offered! Find out more.


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