September Recovery Month Events in Florida

September is National Recovery Month, and in Florida that means opportunity to get out and celebrate hope and success with my friends and colleagues, and to meet new faces in the vibrant recovery community here. Here are some of the specific events on my calendar for September:

On Saturday, September 14th, Sunrise Detox is sponsoring the Jeff Annas Memorial Firefighters 5k in Wellington, Florida. The run will begin at 7:30am.  Run for fun and to support a great cause, and look for the Sunrise Detox to say hello.

On Sunday, September 15th, Sunrise Detox is sponsoring the Voices of Recovery fundraiser for treatment centers throughout Palm Beach County. This event is held at the South Florida Fairgrounds from 11am to 4pm .

On Friday, September 20th, Sunrise Detox and Rockers in Recovery are sponsoring the Annual Broward Addiction Recovery Center fundraiser dinner. It will be held from 1pm to 5pm.

On Saturday, September 21st, Broward county is hosting a gathering for Recovery Month at the Central Broward Regional Park from 11 am to 4 pm.

Here are some additional events that were submitted to the Recovery Month calendar. Follow the links to check for more details or to confirm that the events are still planned (some may have been updated since this was posted)

Recovery Month Events in Florida:

Block Party FL

09/27/2013 5:00PM – 8:00PM Client get together in celebration of recovery link

Candlelight Kick off FL

09/06/2013 6:00PM – 8:00PM Clients and Sponsors will gather in our Serenity Park for a moment of reflection on their path to recovery. Clients will share their stories and testimonials. A reception will follow. link

CR St. Pete presents RE-CREATION: A Conference Celebrating Recovery FL

09/14/2013 9:00AM – 4:00PM RE-CREATION: First Annual RECOVERY Conference. All alcohol and addiction professionals and counselors in Tampa Bay are welcome! This faith-based conference will feature 3 keynote speakers, addressing Recovery in our community; other topics range from Prison Ministry to Co-dependence. Agenda includes small groups workshops and registration includes box lunch. link

Florida’s Recovery Month Celebration FL

09/12/2013 1:00PM – 5:00PM Strengthening Families Training will take place at SMA Behavioral Healthcare Women’s Center and Project Warm for female client’s and program alumni to introduce them to the Strengthening Families Approach and Community Cafe. This training will launch introduction to Community Cafe Talk and a new process for aftercare for these women so that they can learn 6 protective factors and participate in Cafe Talk as part of their aftercare process. link

Florida’s Recovery Month Celebration FL

09/21/2013 4:30PM – 8:00PM September 21 5 PM Motorcycle Run finishes at the Daytona Band Shell But the festivities are just beginning . . . And it’s FREE ! Line Dancing-Pre Event activity begins at 4:30pm Escorted Bike Run-Pre Event activity begins at 1pm Recovery’s Got Talent! Kids Zone Uplifting Testimonials Resource Tables CONNECT… Promote Awareness… Support Others . . . Get out the message: Recovery in all it’s forms is ACHIEVABLE! Requests for accommodations as required under the ADA can be made a minimum of seven days in advance. link


09/07/2013 5:00PM – 7:30PM AWARD CEREMONY AND DINNER link

Lee and Pinellas County’s National Recovery Month Celebration FL

09/20/2013 6:00PM – 9:00PM The Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest Florida and Live Free Pinellas celebrate National Recovery Month. A short film by Street Chicks in Recovery will be premiered. link

Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence and Recovery: A Refreshing New Perspective of Addiction, Effective Prevention and Productive Treatment FL

09/27/2013 9:00AM – 1:00PM Tranquil Shores Treatment Center and Addiction Professional Ken Donaldson are partnering to celebrate National Recovery Month by offering a unique workshop: Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence and Recovery: A Refreshing New Perspective of Addiction, Effective Prevention and Productive Treatment. The cost to participate is $47.00 and is limited to the first 40 registrants. 4 CEUs are offered to mental health professionals. The primary learning objectives for the workshop are identifying the origin of addiction; understanding the role mindfulness and emotional intelligence plays; understanding the current, available treatment options; developing effective intervention tools; and review a number of proactive prevention models. Ken’s 25 years of expertise includes mental health and addiction counseling, as well as working with numerous organizations as a trusted emotional intelligence advisor. The goals of this workshop are to build awareness in the community about addiction and the impact it has on everyone, as well as offer positive options to create effective prevention and treatment modalities for a problem that impacts everyone: addiction. link

Movie night featuring “Anonymous People” FL

09/09/2013 7:30PM – 9:00PM View the documentary ” Anonymous People”, a film about people in recovery ( including high profile people in recovery) and how to advocate for change as well as reducing the stigma attached with the disease of addiction link

National Recovery Month With The TAMPA BAY RAYS! FL

09/22/2013 11:00AM – 2:30PM In celebration of National Recovery Month (September), BayCare Behavioral Health and the Tampa Bay Rays are hosting a special discounted Sunday game when the Rays take on the Baltimore Orioles. Enjoy a discounted seat at this family-friendly event and arrive early to catch pregame ceremonies in recognition of National Recovery Month. Following the game, children can come onto the field and experience what it is like to run the bases. To purchase discounted tickets for this event, visit and enter the pass code NRM2, or call (727) 940-2837. Phone purchases are available only Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Deadline to purchase is Monday, Sept. 16. Lower level outfield tickets are only $15. link


09/28/2013 8:00AM – 11:00AM This fun Recovery Run/Walk 5K celebrates recovery from mental illness and substance use disorders. Participants include serious runners and casual walkers. This event is family and pet friendly. Prizes and refreshments provided to registered participants. Register at or link

Recovery Month Rally FL

09/14/2013 3:00PM – 6:30PM We are celebrating our first Recovery Month Rally at Stepping Stone Center and will be joined by the community from The Refuge in Jacksonville Beach. Get together with patients, alumni, friends, family and the community for a gathering celebrating recovery and spreading the message of prevention and treatment link

Recovery Month Rally FL

09/28/2013 3:00PM – 6:30PM We are celebrating our first Recovery Month Rally at Lakeview Health and will be joined by the community from The Refuge in Jacksonville Beach. Get together with patients, alumni, friends, family and the community for a gathering celebrating recovery and spreading the message of prevention and treatment link

Recovery Walk FL

09/21/2013 8:00AM – 10:30AM Annual Recovery Wlak with Gateway Community Services and River Region. link

Softball and Kickball Game FL

09/14/2013 10:00AM – 1:00PM Gateway Community Services vs community partner River Region and softball and kickball annual sporting event. link

Step In the Name of Love Walk/Run FL

09/14/2013 7:30AM – 12:00PM The Orange County Drug Free Coalition in partnership with the Multi-Cultural Addictions Network will host the “Step in the Name of Love” Walk/Run at Barnett Park. This is a free event, with food provided (as long as supplies last) featured speaker, entertainment, community vendors, and recognition of the Orange County Drug Free Coalition Treatment Committee members for their hard work. link

Talent Show FL

09/20/2013 6:00PM – 8:00PM Talent Show presented by the clients link

The Silent Majority FL

09/19/2013 6:30PM – 09/23/2013 6:30PM The Silent Majority to Air on PBS station WEDU and affiliates September 19, 22 and 23rd A unique collaboration for the first time brings an independent film about teens to Public Television to celebrate National Recovery Month. The movie, “The Silent Majority” shot in Florida and New York, directed by Leslie Glass and hosted by Lindsey Glass, founders of Reach Out Recovery, spotlights surprising programs that help teens stay alcohol and substance free and impacts their lives forever. PBS Station WEDU will produce 20 minutes of panel discussion by experts to accompany the film and will broadcast “The Silent Majority” six times in September and October to an audience of 5 million in 16 counties as a potential pilot for future programming on the subject. link

Voices of Recovery Together on Pathways to Wellness FL

09/15/2013 12:00PM – 5:00PM This family fun event includes a chili cook off, cupcake contest and talent show called “Recovery’s Got Talent”. This event if fun for all age with activities for children and information and entertainment for all. link

Y12SR Yoga for 12 Step Recovery FL

09/10/2013 7:30PM – 8:30PM Combining the wisdom of yoga with the success of 12 Step philosophy to pave the road of recovery. link

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