By Sheilah M. Powell

Be a part of an early Mobilize Recovery bus tour stop and join us for a Recovery Month celebration and Remembrance event on 9/9 in Denver!! This event is free of charge but limited to the first 300 RSVPs you must register to attend.  

Some highlights of this event include signing the bus with your recovery message or recovery date, honoring the Remembrance Tree, and taking part in a Roundtable Discussion with leaders in the health, recovery, and harm reduction field.  Oh – and did we mention that there will be a Food Truck there, too?? Food is FREE to registered attendees – so register today!  

“We want to remember those we lost and talk about how we can continue to build up the recovery community,” said organizer Sean Gartrell, the Training and Outreach Manager at Advocates for Recovery Colorado (AFRC). 

“The goal is to continue the conversation on the importance of peers in health settings,” said Sean Gartrell.  “Hopefully the round table provides an opportunity for people to learn about these growing programs and further the discussion on how to keep growing and developing the programs.” 

Partners include Advocates for Recovery Colorado, Colorado Naloxone Project, HardBeauty, and Colorado Recovery Advocacy ProjectThe cause-driven speakers are Tonya Wheeler of Advocates for Recovery Colorado, Dr. Don Stader of the Colorado Naloxone Project, and Racquel Garcia, NCPRSS, YRC, CAC, and CEO of HardBeauty.  

Advocates For Recovery Colorado offers support and services to individuals and family members suffering from active addiction, as well as the growing pains of early recovery.  The Colorado Naloxone Project is one of the most ambitious efforts in the nation to address the opioid overdose crisis and improve quality of care. Their goal is for all Colorado hospitals and emergency departments to distribute naloxone to at-risk patients, placing naloxone in patients’ hands prior to their departure from the hospital. Finally, HardBeauty merges behavioral science and coaching to empower people to rise and thrive beyond circumstances. They aim to create a safe community and culture through authentic connections and effective programming.

“The best thing about Recovery Month is it creates the feeling of a massive recovery community and brings recovery to conversations where it is typically silent,” Sean stated. “A month of people around the country recovering out loud.”

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.

Working with Mobilize Recovery has brought AFRC and some of the other recovery organizations to the same table,” Sean said.  

See you in Denver!