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UNITED IN RECOVERY CELEBRATES RECOVERY MONTH THIS SEPTEMBER

Honoring the lives and journey of recovery.

Sunbury and Bloomsburg, PA, September 1st, 2022 – Join United in Recovery as they honor the lives and journey of recovery this September. From educational and community events to naloxone distributions and a 30-day self-care challenge, Recovery Month is for everyone - every person, every family, every community.

Since its start in 1989, National Recovery Month is held every September to promote and support our nation’s strong and proud recovery community, new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, and the dedication of service providers and communities who make recovery in all its forms possible.

“Here at United in Recovery we celebrate everyone’s path to recovery,” said Olivia Oden, Stigma Reduction and Education Coordinator. “That is why we wanted to make sure to honor the month with lots of events, opportunities to get involved, and informational sessions to learn more about substance-use disorder and local resources.”

United in Recovery (cmcuw.org/unitedinrecovery) is a program of the Greater Susquehanna Valley and Columbia-Montour United Ways and works to reduce drug overdoses and increase the number of community residents in recovery by improving access to education and treatment through supporting prevention, intervention, and community building in the fight against substance use disorder.

United in Recovery will kick off its month-long celebration with a Recovery Symposium on Friday, September 9, 2022, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at The Lewisburg YMCA at the Miller Center, 120 Hardwood, Lewisburg, PA 17837. The goal of this event is to increase awareness and understanding of substance use disorder and decrease the stigma associated with this disease. This community initiative is made possible through the generous support of AmeriHealth Caritas Pennsylvania, Applegate Recovery, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, Evangelical Community Hospital, Geisinger, and grant funding from Pennsylvania’s Office of Attorney General. “We look forward to celebrating those who are in recovery and connecting individuals and families looking for recovery resources to next steps,” said Adrienne Mael, President/CEO of Greater Susquehanna Valley and Columbia-Montour United Ways. “Our hope is for the community to join us and learn what resources are available in our area.”

Doors Open at 8:30 AM, and there will be three, informative sessions starting at 9:00 AM followed by a Q&A with a panel of experts. Community and recovery resources will also be provided and a time for networking will conclude the event. Tickets are a suggested donation of $10.00 per person and light refreshments will be served. Reserve tickets now at cmcuw.org/recovery-symposium.

A free naloxone distribution event will also be held on Thursday, September 8, 2022, from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Naloxone (Narcan©) is a life-saving medication that has one purpose: to reverse an opioid overdose. It is an opioid antagonist that is used to reverse the effects of opioids by blocking opiate receptor sites. Community members can pick up naloxone kits along with information on substance use disorder treatment, counseling services, peer support, and basic needs assistance.Naloxone distribution events are held monthly and at United Way’s Bloomsburg Office located at 36 East Main Street (between Iron Street and Miller Avenue). These events are free and open to the public. To learn more and see additional distribution dates, visit cmcuw.org/events.

Every day, we lose 14 Pennsylvanians to substance use disorder. Fear of being judged and discriminated against can prevent people with substance use disorder (SUD) or people who are at risk of a SUD from getting the help they need. It can also prevent caregivers and others in the position to help from providing or seeking much needed services.

That is why United in Recovery will host United Way’s monthly Community Conversation. In honor of Recovery Month, September’s Community Conversation will be focused on the science and stigma behind substance use disorder. This virtual event will be held via the Zoom platform on Wednesday, September 21st at 7:00 PM. Registration is required in advance. Visit cmcuw.org/events to sign up today.

Self-care is often a critical component to long-term recovery. It includes nurturing both a person’s physical and mental health and can also help prevent relapse. During recovery, some of the key acts of self-care are connecting with other people and therapy which is why United in

Recovery offers an annual 30-day self-care challenge as part of Recovery Month. Follow the United in Recovery Facebook page (@unitedinrecoverycolumbiamontour) for daily challenges and inspiration. A printable version of the calendar can also be downloaded at cmcuw.org/unitedinrecovery.

“We want to cheer on those who have found recovery and support those still in the process,” said Ms. Mael. “Together we can end overdose deaths in our local communities and reduce the instances of substance-use disorder.”

To learn more about Recovery Month and all the events United in Recovery has planned, visit the United Way website at cmcuw.org/unitedinrecovery or email UIR@cmcuw.org for more information.

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About Greater Susquehanna Valley and Columbia-Montour United Ways: The United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities to advance the common good. We fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community and are located at 228 Arch Street, Sunbury, PA, and 36 East Main Street, Bloomsburg, PA. To learn more, please visit www.gsvuw.org or www.cmcuw.org.