National Recovery Month 2021
Toolkit
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Celebrating Recovery Month Throughout Vermont!
Turning Point Center of Rutland kicked off Recovery Month with quite the celebration this week! Thursday afternoon, live music, food, fellowship and resource sharing all lent to a stellar celebration of recovery! Bonus dunking tank and Death Nut Challenge were added features. This event received meaningful coverage, with a complete article you may read, here.
The recovery community of St. Johnsbury enjoyed a beautiful day to walk and celebrate on Saturday, September 11, 2021. In addition to the recovery walk, games, music and yummy food were relished by all!
Fun Fact: Kingdom Recovery Center is also home to Dr. Bob's Birthplace! Tours are available to see his boyhood room and other well kept areas of an era past.
Vermont's Recovery Month Events
Calendar of Events
Sunday, September 19, 2021 | 4p - 8p
Due to the weather on September 12th, Turning Point Center of Bennington postponed the scheduled Lantern Release to this new date. Upper Willow Road Pavilion 240 East Road, Bennington
Please join us as we remember those we have lost to substance use disorder, to support the people still struggling with substance use disorder and celebrate the lives that have been saved through the paths of recovery.
Come enjoy the fellowship of our community!

Saturday, September 18, 2021 | 12 PM - 4 PM
Turning Point Center of Springfield | Let's celebrate Recovery Month with our annual Rock for Recovery event! Live bands, food, friends, recovery, fun! For more information, call 802.885.4668

Friday, September 24, 2021 | 7P
Turning Point Center of Springfield hosts the 2nd Annual Recovery Gala at 40 Pleasant Street, Springfield for an evening of music, fellowship and fun. Help us honor those who do so much for the recovery community.
Recovery Awareness Challenge
September is National Recovery Month which promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders; celebrates people in recovery; lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers; and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

100% of all funds will be distributed among Vermont’s 12 recovery centers and 17 certified recovery residences. Additionally, the Hoehl Family Foundation has generously offered a matching gift in support, matching each dollar donated, up to $15,000, to help realize the challenge’s goal of raising $30,000. To donate to the Recovery Awareness Challenge, individuals and businesses are encouraged to visit: https://recoveryvermont.org/donate/. A promotional video about the Recovery Awareness Challenge can be viewed here.

"The twelve recovery centers in Vermont provide a most critical service to those who are in recovery from substance use disorder,” said Tracie Hauck, Executive Director, Rutland Turning Point Center. “We save lives, help rebuild lives, and provide that safe space that allows all people in recovery to sustain and grow their recovery while amongst Peers who understand those challenges. By donating to support this worthy cause and recovery housing, you will be part of the solution!"
Purpose + Community + Connection
Unstitched: My Journey to Understand Opioid Addiction and How People and Communities Can Heal by Brett Ann Stanciu
Unstitched (Steerforth Press / on sale: September 14th , 2021 / paperback /
192 pages) opens when a man breaks into a one-room rural Vermont library. When a trustee walks in, the man flees and commits suicide in his parents’ house.
Brett Ann Stanciu, the author, who is the town librarian, starts asking hard questions
about opioid abuse, determined to understand addiction. Who becomes addicted? Why?
Do individuals and communities have a meaningful role in healing addiction?
Full press release, here
Video of author interview, here
One-hour workshop for Recovery Coach Academy UK’s 
Recovery Month celebration.
Explore the Art of Storytelling in the context of Recovery.
Free and open to anyone September 16.
The Wellbriety Movement & the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence Listening Circle
Sep 16, 2021 at 11:00 AM

Join the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence & The Wellbriety Movement for an hour long listening circle. This event is an opportunity to discuss any and all personal issues arising in your work in the field with trusted friends and colleagues.

This space is welcoming to all and its intention is to both honor and recognize the challenges we face in our work as peers promoting recovery. This space is for you.
Register here.
Addressing racism and harm reduction through RCCs: findings and experiences
Friday, October 1st at 12:00 PM

In this seminar, we are using a panel format to present findings and experiences regarding racism and harm reduction within the context of RCCs. Dr. Monica Skewes will present an overview of how ethnic minority populations have suffered disproportionately from many problems associated with addiction, including a discussion of drug laws and racism, and how harm reduction approaches can be used. Then, two directors of RCCs (TBD) will share insights from their RCCs about how racism has impacted their work, how they incorporate harm reduction approaches, and how they engage in anti-racism activities. They will close with “asks” they have of recovery scientists, clinicians, and healthcare decision makers to improve health equity.

Link for more info & to register
The annual New York State Recovery Conference for individuals interested in furthering the recovery efforts throughout the state, the country, and beyond.

Attendees include a mix of individuals and family members in recovery, recovery coaches and peer advocates, program administrators and directors, clinical staff, and other addiction recovery professionals from local, state, and federal agencies, as well as recovery allies. This will be a hybrid, live/virtual experience with plenary sessions, networking opportunities, and exciting workshops with current topics.
Our theme this year is “Owning Our Recovery.”

As we move out of a very challenging year, we are ready to rock, roll and own it! We’re coming out on the other side, maybe a little weary, but in many ways, stronger. Come revive and supercharge with us October 17-19, 2021!
All event information and registration may be found here.
Link to Proclamation here
We welcome your input! Photos, Op Ed bits, shout outs and announcements are all encouraged - submit to info@vtrecoverynetwork.org
Vermont Recovery Network
PO Box 244, Montpelier, VT 0560
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Vermont Recovery Network provides the data platform, technical assistance and wide range of support to the 12 peer-based recovery centers throughout Vermont, where we are privileged to work beside the peer professionals who are advancing access to recovery from addictions in their communities.
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Faces & Voices of Recovery is dedicated to organizing and mobilizing the over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, our families, friends and allies into recovery community organizations and networks, to promote the right and resources to recover through advocacy, education and demonstrating the power and proof of long-term recovery.
Thanks to Zenbarn, CDs are available!
Rocking for Recovery CD- proceeds of this album recorded live at Zenbarn go to Vermont Recovery Network.

Missing live music? Zenbarn covered us all! Click here to hop over to the Zenbarn store to grab this CD and other unique apparel!

Noah Fishman and the team at Zenbarn have adopted Vermont Recovery Network as a beneficiary of their fundraising efforts! When in Waterbury, stop in for yummy food and amazing live music - grab a yoga class or participate in other community events hosted there - support them, as they support us.

Despite all COVID related setbacks to the hospitality industry, Zenbarn continues their efforts to support recovery in EVERY community throughout Vermont. Our gratitude and appreciation, through & through!