Celebrating National Recovery Month

The Coalition for a Drug Free Nevada County is celebrating National Recovery Month with a collaboration of community and civic organizations that recognize treatment and prevention efforts. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover. Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for substance use and mental disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible.

Retired Judge Al Dover demonstrates the symbol for "hope" in American Sign Language.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day September 29th: On Saturday, September 29thfrom 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m, the Coalition, GVPD, and local pharmacies: Rite Aid, Kmart, and Savemart, will be joining forces for another Take Back event. This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events, or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications. See below for more tips on Rx Safety!

The Coalition participated in multiple events earlier in the month promoting recovery:

Grand Opening of The Campus September 7th:  Around 250 supporters and state and local dignitaries, were on location for the ribbon cutting and welcoming of this one-of-a-kind  facility located at 180 Sierra College Drive in Grass Valley. The unique wellness center is focused on substance abuse and related behavioral health using a complete continuum of care for the whole family.

Ned Russell (40 Assets) volunteers with Warren Daniels, CoRR CEO

Walk for Recovery September 8th: The Coalition joined CoRR’s Recovery Alumni Association to promote the message that recovery is possible, and also encourage citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need. This 2-mile walk from CoRR’s former location to The Campus highlighted the progression and change of the recovery community. The event was well attended with local bands: The Little Twins and Stepping Stone performing; Local food vendors: What’s Up Coffee, Horn of the Bull Taqueria, and Recovery Alumni burgers; Resource booths from Spirit House, Victor Services, Twin Cities Celebrate Recovery, and Child Advocates; Children’s activities were provided by the Parent Leadership, Empowerment and Advocacy Group.Many Thanks to GVPD and participating pharmacies.

Many Thanks to GVPD and participating pharmacies.

Tips for Rx Safety:
· Locking up medicines will help prevent access and abuse. Consider a locking cabinet, drawer or locking Rx medication container as a way to secure and monitor dangerous prescription medications.

· Safely Dispose of unwanted, unused, or expired medications at the Safe Disposal Sites listed (Kmart, Save Mart, Rite Aid and Grass Valley Police Department) or atTake Back Days.

· Talk to your Children/Grandchildren. Remind them that prescription and OTC drugs can be just as harmful as illegal drugs if not taken when needed or as directed. Start talking early and often, before they start experimenting.

·It is illegal for someone to share, give or sell their controlled prescription drugs to another person. Common controlled substances include  Painkillers (Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet, etc.) Sedatives (Valium, Xanax etc.) and Stimulants

The 2012 Recovery Month observance emphasizes that while the road to recovery may be difficult, the benefits of preventing and overcoming behavioral health conditions are significant and valuable to individuals, families, and communities. Recovery Month, officially celebrated each September, has become a year-round initiative that supports educational outreach and celebratory events throughout the year