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Celebrating National Recovery Month

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September is National Recovery Month and Gaudenzia is proud to recognize the dedication, commitment, and unique journeys of those individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) or co-occurring conditions.

Kicking off Sept. 1, across our footprint of Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington D.C., we will recognize and celebrate our clients, their families, and our staff with a variety of activities including talent shows, picnics, guest speakers, and other special events. We are excited for our  25th Annual Race for Recovery event in Erie on Sept. 16, as well as celebrating our Driving for Recovery Mobile Initiative in central PA.

National Recovery Month started in 1989 as an initiative by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) to increase awareness about addiction, those in recovery and the resources available to help impacted individuals.

“As we celebrate National Recovery Month this year, we look back on all the incredible success stories here at Gaudenzia – from the graduations of our resilient clients to opening new programs and locations to milestone anniversaries of several of our facilities. We celebrate everyone across the world who set an example for those who may think there is no hope for people with a substance use disorder. We’re here to tell you, yes—there is hope. And you don’t have to fight alone.” – Dr. Dale Klatzker, President and CEO

September is also a reminder of the work that still needs to be done. Over the last year, the region has witnessed the rise of Xylazine (also known as Tranq) and its impacts, as well as the continued fentanyl crisis – both contributing to about 110,000 overdose deaths in a 12-month period ending this past February.

Although September is considered nationally as Recovery Month, we here at Gaudenzia consider every month—and every day—as an opportunity to celebrate recovery. Gaudenzia team member, Kristen Paris shared that for her, “Recovery means fighting the stigma of substance use disorder one recovering person at a time – showing the world that what we once thought was impossible IS POSSIBLE!”

We’ll continue to support those impacted by SUD through our full spectrum of care – including medication-assisted treatment, detox services, high- and low-intensity residential programs, outpatient programs, case management services, and much more.

If you or someone you know need help, contact the Gaudenzia Treatment & Recovery HelpLine at 833-976-HELP (4357) or [email protected].

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