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Today, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) joined the Pennsylvania Association of County Drug and Alcohol Administrators, members of Pennsylvania’s recovery community, state lawmakers, and advocates for a rally to spread a message of hope that people can and do recover from the disease of addiction.

This Eighth Annual Recovery Advocacy Day aims to raise awareness of substance use disorders, celebrate individuals in recovery, and acknowledge the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services in honor of National Recovery Month.

“People can and do recover from the disease of addiction. September is a time to celebrate the gift of recovery and to remind people in recovery, and those who support them, that no one is alone in their journey,” said DDAP Secretary Jen Smith. “The Wolf Administration’s efforts go far beyond this month, as we work each and every day to promote recovery and to help all Pennsylvanians live happy, healthy lives. At the crux of our efforts is eliminating stigma and clearing a path for someone to take that first step on their road to recovery.”

View a full calendar of National Recovery Month events.

In coordination with Brain Injury Awareness month, a Brain Injury Awareness Day has been planned for Tuesday, March 29, 2022. This full-day event (from 10:00 am–3:00 pm) will be held at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, PA. The event will include a briefing with legislative speakers, legislative meetings, a reception, and a brain injury panel discussion. The schedule and additional details can be found on the event flyer.

If you plan on attending the event, please contact Melissa Carmen via email or at (717) 361-2854.