The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

National Recovery Month

September is Recovery Month National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month 2013

Community Events

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Community and media events are the cornerstone of National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) and holding an event can be an exciting and important way to make a difference in your community. The impact your organization can have by spreading a lasting message of prevention, treatment, and recovery throughout your community can be beyond measure. Recovery Month provides several tools for promoting your event.

Find an Event
Use the search criteria, such as zip code, state, dates, or event title to get a listing of events that match the criteria.

Search for events near you.
There are currently events this year.
Post Your Event
Enter event information and post an event to Recovery Month so that people searching for events in specific areas can easily find an event. Post photos, logos, and flyers to event listings to further convey the spirit and flavor of an event.
Order and Customize the Community Event PSA
Community PSA Order the customizable Recovery Month event PSA. A local cable access channel or other television station can help to customize the PSA.

Add an Event Widget
to Your Website
Embed the Recovery Month events widget on your website. This interactive tool can display a selected event and also allows users to search for another event on the Recovery Month website. It is a visual way to link an event on Recovery Month.
Enter the 2012 Community Event Award Contest
Enter your event in the 2012 Recovery Month community event contest. New in 2010, SAMHSA is pleased to acknowledge the efforts of those who planned and organized events for Recovery Month with a Community Event Award. Event Planners can check a box to receive information for award consideration when they submit their event.
Promotion and Publicity
Gather techniques for outreach and key messages to gain media attend for your Recovery Month event to encourage attendance and increase public interest. Identifying and engaging all available media outlets – print, broadcast, and online – as well as public forms of communication, such as neighborhood and church forums, will increase your attendance and garner media coverage.

Event Planning
Learn about how to secure billboards, plan a town hall meeting, organize a walk, and speak out for recovery. Recovery Month Planning Partners and other organizations provide many useful resources for planning, promoting, and holding your event.
Fundraising Tools and Tips
Access tools and tips to help you expand your fundraising activities. Any fundraising campaign takes time and effort, but with these tips and the credibility of Recovery Month to guide you, you are equipped with tools necessary for carrying out your campaign, such as donation sources, letters and mailings, sample events, and a sample fundraising letter.

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