“Through prevention and treatment, individuals around the nation and in
this commonwealth are able to recover,” according to Representative Thomas
Murt, who recognized September as National Recovery Month. To promote the
widespread national observance, nearly 200 people recently participated in
Recovery Advocacy Day at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg. The
day’s activities aimed to support people in recovery and draw attention to
critical prevention, treatment and recovery support services.
“Today was a celebration based on a vision we had four years ago when Recovery
Advocacy Day first originated,” said Cheryl Andrews, president of the
Pennsylvania Association of County Drug and Alcohol Administrators and
executive director of the Washington County Drug and Alcohol Commission. “There
is power in bringing the recovery community together and where there is power
there is positive change.”
Senator Lisa Baker thanked participants for shining a spotlight on recovery.
She added that considerable strides are being made in communities with task
forces and individuals working together to help give that fresh chance of a
After a morning media event in the main rotunda, participants spent the
remainder of the day meeting with elected officials to share their stories and
convey messages of hope that people can and do recover. In addition, more than
a dozen recovery organizations were on hand to provide educational materials to
the general public.
“It is important that the momentum we’ve established at this event is carried
over to tomorrow, and the next day, week, and year,” said Marianna Horowitz,
program coordinator with the Pennsylvania Recovery Organization Alliance. “We
all have the potential to make a difference and to spread the message and truth
that recovery is possible.”
The event was held in conjunction with Pennsylvania’s Recovery Month Kick-Off
Event which occurred on September 5. Ellen DiDomenico, deputy secretary of the
Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, encouraged anyone with a drug or
alcohol problem to call the toll-free statewide helpline at 1 (800) 662-HELP.