Heartland Center Celebrates Recovery Month

In its 25th year this September, National Recovery Month aims to tell the story that prevention works, treatment from substance use disorders is effective, and people do recover. Heartland Center for Behavioral Change works hard each day to share these messages with our clients, but this month, we’re doing even more!

In the last several weeks, Heartland Center has been celebrating National Recovery Month by displaying the message of recovery on banners at each of our locations. Our men’s Drug Court alumni group in Springfield also held its annual recovery celebration picnic earlier this month.

Coming up next, we’re hosting a FREE community picnic this Saturday, Sept. 20 from 1 to 6 p.m. outside our Independence office at 103 N. Main. The event will include free food and entertainment, including two live bands – Elite Nortego and Los Vecinos de Petra. This event is open to staff, clients, family members and our valued community partners and supporters. We’d love to see you there!

Recovery Month is a nationwide effort to decrease the stigma of addiction while explaining the societal benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery from substance use and mental disorders. This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out,” encourages people to openly speak up about substance use and mental disorders and the reality of recovery. We are encouraged to become stigma “busters” by spreading the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health.