Local events scheduled for Recovery Month

It’s September. It’s back to school sales, and saying goodbye to summer.

It’s also National Recovery Month. Maybe not as exciting as new shoes on sale or your last swim in the sunshine, but recognizing recovery is definitely more important. This month, like every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors Recovery Month to raise attention and spread the message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover.

This year’s theme — “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out” — encourages people to openly discuss mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery.

Healthy Sheboygan County 2020-Alcohol & Other Drug Committee in partnership with the Drug-Free Community Grant and many other community members and organizations, is hosting a series of Recovery Month events through- out September. Each event is free and open to the public.

SMART Recovery for Friends and Family, 12:30-2pm, Generations, Plymouth. A support class for family and friends of loved ones who are suffering with an addiction. You don’t have to come to every meeting. Topics include ways to set boundaries, how to build back trust, and understanding the dynamics of “addictive thinking.” Group runs every Wednesday from Sept. 3 to Dec. 3, 2014.

Community Candidate Forum, 10- 11:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 12 at UW Sheboygan – Wombat Room. We ask and the can- didates answer! Come hear what your candidates for Senate District 9, Assembly Districts 26 and 27 have to say about tobacco use, alcohol abuse and access to mental health services in Sheboygan County. Save yourself a seat by emailing Cath Pape, reTh!nk, cathp@newahec.org

Film showing, “ANONYMOUS PEOPLE,” at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:15pm), Sept. 12, at Generations, Ply- mouth. The moving story of “The Anonymous People” is told through the faces and voices of the leaders, volunteers, corporate executives, and families who are laying it all on the line. This passionate new public recovery movement is fueling a changing conversation that aims to transform public opinion, and finally shift problematic policy toward lasting recovery solutions.

Speak Up-Reach Out, 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 19, at Generations, Plymouth. Come hear the 10 minute stories of six adults as they describe their journeys to recovery. Take the mic and speak up if you are ready.

Teens Speak Up-Reach Out, 7 p.m., Sept. 26 at Generations, Plymouth. Come hear the stories of three local Sheboygan County youth as they describe their jour- neys to recovery. There will be time for others to speak up or reach out for support.

National Take Back Medication Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 27. Turn in all your old and unused medication. Help reduce the number of people abusing prescriptions. Locations are: Walgreens in Plymouth, Plymouth Police Department, and Sheboygan Police Department. If you miss the day, permanent medication drop boxes are located in five police stations: Elkhart Lake, Kohler, Plymouth, Sheboygan and Sheboygan Falls.

Unless otherwise noted, people can find out more information about the events by contacting MaryAdele Revoy, Drug-Free Community Grant Coordinator, mrevoy@frc-sc.org or 920-892-6706 x207.

MaryAdele Revoy is Drug Free Communities grant coordinator at Family Resource Center of Sheboygan County and chairman of the HSC2020 Alcohol & Other Drug Committee.