By Sheilah M. Powell

Join us on September 12 beginning at 9 am to celebrate Recovery Month together at Lighthouse Recovery Community Center’s 1st Annual Symposium on Addiction and Recovery! Serve You Rx, The Recovery Advocacy Project, and the Lighthouse Recovery Community Center, will bring the Wisconsin Recovery Community a packed day of speakers, discussions, trainings, and more! 

This FREE event will take place at Faith Church located at 2201 South 42nd Street in Manitowoc and food will be provided. Space is extremely limited and all participants must register to attend. Be apart of the Wisconsin stop during the nationwide Mobilize Recovery Bus Tour and be the change you want to see in your community!

Check out the panel discussions below!

Recovery Friendly Employer Panel led by Christma Rusch of Lighthouse Recovery Community Center

Harm Reduction led by Jaclyn Brown, Recovery Advocacy Project

Mobilizing Recovery in Wisconsin led by Joseph Green, Tipping the Pain Scale

Re-framing Substance Use for Family Members led by Denise Mariano, Partnership to End Addiction

  • Rogers Behavioral Health – John Boyd – CEO
  • Family member/Parent Lynn Qualman 
  • Person in long-term recovery and Educator Cath Tease 
  • Executive Director for AMS and the Senior Pastor of Appleton Pentecostal Assembly Walter Ragland
  • Partnership to End Addiction – Patti Vargas
  • SAMHSA – Nadia Al-Amin 

Once you register, you will notice two ticket options – General Admission and another for Public Narrative for Connection, Power & Change, a breakout session taking place from 2:30 to 6:30 pm that requires a separate registration. Public Narrative for Connection, Power, and Change is a four-hour experiential workshop to learn how to share stories in powerful ways and use storytelling in leadership facilitated by Rosi Greenberg and Joseph Green. This workshop is based on Public Narrative, the leadership practice taught by Professor Marshall Ganz at Harvard University, and is infused with life experience with recovery, finding resilience in mental health, and leadership. This year, storytelling will be innovatively be taught to support each state’s campaign goals. Every storyteller will have the option to receive coaching and film their story to participate in important legislative campaigns and call others to action! 

Space is very limited so register today! 

Each year, hundreds of people in recovery, family members, & recovery allies attend Mobilize Recovery — an annual convening to learn innovative strategies & tactics for grassroots organizing & recovery solutions. To learn more visit www.mobilizerecovery.org.  

“Serve You Rx is honored to be a partner of Mobilize Recovery year after year,” said Jessica Geschke, Mobilizer and Serve You Rx Outreach Program Manager. 

Launching from Las Vegas during Labor Day weekend 2022, Mobilize Recovery Across America will depart on a cross-country bus tour, highlighting the recovery experience that is so unique in different regions throughout the country. The month-long tour will travel from the West Coast to the East Coast—and back—from September 5, 2022 to October 6, 2022. 

“This day in Wisconsin, we are mobilizing for change within our broken legal systems, we are fighting to end overdoses in our communities, we are creating awareness around the resources available to individuals and we are celebrating those who have found recovery!” Jessica explained. 

This year is very special for Jessica and so many other Mobilizers following the passing of beloved Serve You Rx CEO and longtime Mobilize Recovery supporter Sharon Murrillo.    

“Serve You Rx is honored to be a partner of Mobilize Recovery year after year,” Jessica explained. “This year in particular is very special to me as Sharon and I had a vision for our OAK program, and we were so excited to get our Overdose Aid Kits out into our state and across the country. Sharon was so excited to sponsor and co-host Mobilize Recovery here in Wisconsin,” Jessica continued.  

“It’s my mission to keep Sharon’s vision alive for this day; a mission to remind those still suffering from addiction and their family and friends that we, as organizations, companies and advocates are here for them. They are seen and heard. It’s what Sharon would have wanted.”