Minneapolis, MN (Sept. 15, 2016)—The Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy and thousands of others will cap off National Recovery Month by gathering at the Big Texas Rally for Recovery on Sunday, Oct. 2, in Dallas.
The Institute part of the national nonprofit addiction treatment leader Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation will also co-host a day of exciting pre-rally events the day before, Oct. 1, on the campus of Southern Methodist University (SMU). The public and members of the media are welcome at all of these events!
Every September—and sometimes bleeding into October like this year—the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. Recovery events are held all across America. The event in Dallas has been selected as the national hub site for this year's Recovery Month rallies.
"Addiction-related issues are prominent in the news now, due to the opioid epidemic and, I'd like to think, the growing voice and advocacy of people in recovery from addiction," said Nick Motu, vice president of the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy. "We are a 23-million-strong community but have remained quiet historically. Public events like the Big Texas Rally for Recovery expose the long-hidden reality that many people actually do recover from addiction—and that it's a disease which can be successfully managed to reveal people who are every bit as moral, productive, intelligent, talented—and humanly flawed—as the next person.
"By sharing our voices publicly, we provide a counterweight to the insidious and inaccurate stigma that still subtly colors too much of America's attitude and approach to the disease," he continued. "The truth is, substance use disorders are a very common health issue, worthy of neither stigmatization nor glorification So, instead of whispering about them in the shadows of shame, we're recovering out loud—demonstrating through our lived experience that addiction is, first and foremost, a health issue that, with help, can be overcome."
SATURDAY, October 1
9 a.m.-4:15 p.m.: Recovery Ambassador Workshop
Attend one or two of the following modules, or the entire workshop.
The Science of Addiction and Recovery (SOAR): Training facilitated by Flo Hilliard of Faces & Voices of Recovery | 9-11:30 a.m.
Smash the Stigma: A presentation by best-selling author and advocate William Moyers of the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy | 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Our Stories Have Power: Recovery messaging training led by Mike Barry of Faces & Voices of Recovery, with support from Jeremiah Gardner and Nell Hurley of the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy and Alumni Relations | 1:45-4:15 p.m.
SMU Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom
3140 Dyer St, Dallas, TX 75205
Hosts: Faces & Voices of Recovery, Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy and SMU Health Center
6-7:30 p.m.: Ice Cream Social with Special Guests
Enjoy a fun, inspirational and educational reception with ice cream, sundae fixings, coffee and special guest speakers to be announced soon. There is no charge, but space is limited. SMU Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom
Hosts: Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy, Faces & Voices of Recovery and SMU Health Center
8-9:30 p.m.: Generation Found screening
Watch the powerful new film from the creators of The Anonymous People. Tickets: $5.
SMU Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theatre
Hosts: Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy, Drug Prevention Resources and SMU Health Center
SUNDAY, October 2
Publicly celebrate recovery with thousands of others on the recently renovated "Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge," where there will be music, fellowship, exhibits and inspirational speakers like Michael Botticelli, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Policy; attorney and author Brian Cuban; and author and advocate William Moyers from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. Hosted by the Association of Persons Affected by Addiction and sponsored by the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy, Faces & Voices of Recovery and others, this rally promises to be one of the biggest and best recovery events of 2016, and there is no charge.
for details on all of the events taking place October 1 and 2, and to register to attend.
About the Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy
Our mission is to provide a leading national voice on all issues related to addiction prevention, treatment and recovery and to facilitate conversation among those in recovery, those still suffering and society at large. We are committed to smashing stigma, shaping public policy and educating people everywhere about the problems of addiction and the promise of recovery. The Hazelden Betty Ford Institute for Recovery Advocacy is part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, the nation's largest nonprofit treatment provider. With a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center, the Foundation has 16 sites in California, Minnesota, Oregon, Illinois, New York, Florida, Massachusetts, Colorado and Texas. Learn more at www.HBFinstitute.org
and on Twitter@hazldnbettyford