By Sheilah M. Powell

Join us for Mobilize Recovery Across America’s FIRST WEST COAST STOP on September 7 for the 30th Anniversary of the Recovery Happens Rally at the California State Capitol.  

Every September since 1992, the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) sponsors National Recovery Month at the California State Capitol where thousands gather to increase awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.

“This September, Recovery Happens celebrates its 30th year and is honored to be the Faces and Voices of Recovery National Recovery Hub for National Recovery Month,” said CCAPP President and CEO Pete Nielsen. 

And this year, Mobilize Recovery Across America will be there IRL to celebrate and support Recovery Happens at the west steps of the California State Capitol. Join us for a day of connection, awareness, and action at The California State Capitol located at 1010 L Street in Sacramento. 

“It is critical that people experiencing substance use disorders receive the support they need. The reality is that behavioral health is essential to heal, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover.” Pete continued. 

Among the exciting activities will be a banner contest and recovery walk. Participants from recovery treatment centers and recovery residences will be in attendance along with recovery community organizations. All those attending can network and come together to create a banner representing what recovery means to them. No registration is required so just show up on September 7 and bring your banners and loved ones! Judges will review the entries and then participants will lead the recovery walk around the Capitol with their banners and other rally attendees. Winners will be announced at the end of the recovery walk.

“Mobilizing means us getting into action and moving from anonymous, silent people in recovery, to a loud voice of voting recovery people that no longer need to be silent but now need to be involved in making changes for the betterment of addiction treatment, preventing overdoses, and the poisoning that is now taking place.” said Pete Nielsen, President, and CEO of CCAPP. 

Please note that Covid guidelines will be followed during the rally.  

The event is sponsored by CCAPP, Behavioral Health Association of Providers, Young People in Recovery, Faces & Voices of Recovery, Get Help, We Recover, R1 Learning, River City Recovery Center, National Alliance for Recovery Residences, Intercoast College, The Purpose of Recovery, Anaheim Lighthouse, Counselor, The Phoenix and Power Business Technology.  

“The Recovery Happens event is a fun, exciting, and inspirational time for thousands to come together and show support and that recovery is possible,” Pete said.