National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month events

Posted: Thursday, September 02, 2010

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National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month is an annual observance presented by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration during the month of September. This year is the 21st anniversary and the theme is "Join the Voices of Recovery: Now More Than Ever."

Recovery Month provides a way to celebrate people in recovery and the people who provide treatment services.

Recovery Month also serves to educate the public on substance abuse as a national health crisis - that addiction is a treatable disease and recovery is possible. Educating the public reduces the stigma associated with addiction.

A Recovery Month planning committee comprised of Juneau agencies and stakeholders have collaborated on several events that will celebrate and educate about recovery from alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental illness. All events are free and open to the public.

"The Art of Recovery" Gallery Show

During the month of September, Silverbow Backroom

Reception: Friday, Sept. 3, 5-7 p.m.

The "Art of Recovery" is a showing of art inspired by and reflecting a celebration of recovery from alcoholism, drug addiction, and/or mental illness. Contributors include artists from Polaris House, JAMHI, and other members of the public.

Contacts: Dorothy Green (Polaris House), 780-6775, or Cecilie Cody (JAMHI), 463-3303,

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day Restaurant Promotion

Thursday, Sept. 9, restaurants city-wide

Participating restaurants will offer free non-alcoholic beverages to pregnant women on FASD Awareness Day, Sept. 9, to raise awareness about women not drinking alcohol during pregnancy. FASDs are a range of disabilities caused by maternal drinking during pregnancy. These disabilities can include brain damage, learning disabilities, problems with memory, heart and kidney problems, behavior problems, poor judgment, and other disabilities. Birth defects resulting from prenatal exposure to alcohol are life-long and permanent, but are 100 percent preventable. Two Juneau churches are collaborating with local restaurants to display table tents and posters about FASD on Sept. 9.

Contacts: Daniel Stoops (Advisory Board on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse), 465-8920,; Teri Tibbett (Advisory Board on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse), 465-4765,; Father Thomas Weise (Catholic Diocese of Juneau), 586-1513,; Ric Iannolino (Juneau FASD Diagnostic Clinic), 463-7373.

Recovery Poetry Jam

Saturday, Sept. 18, 7-9 p.m., UAS, Hendrickson Building Room 113

This recovery-inspired poetry jam invites people to join with others and share their original poems related to recovery from drug or alcohol addiction. It is geared for amateur poets in a competition-style event. Cash prizes will be awarded to specially-inspired recitations. Free and open to the public.

Contact: Gus Marx, 523-6511,


Friday, Sept. 24, 7-11 p.m., Juneau Arts & Culture Center

SoberFest is a party with dancing, food, door prizes, soda pop and live dance music by Curly J and The Wristrockets. The event begins at 7 p.m. with Addiction Professionals Awards and information on recovery options in Juneau, followed by the dance beginning at 8 p.m. SoberFest is a chance to socialize, dance, eat, and have fun in an alcohol-free environment. Free and open to the public.

Contact: Teri Tibbett, 465-4765,

Recovery Film Festival

Wednesdays in September, 7 p.m., Gold Town Nickelodeon

This weekly event will feature free films on the topic of addiction and recovery. Here's the schedule:

Sept. 1: "My Name is Bill W." (based on the true story of Bill W., founder of Alcoholics Anonymous)

Sept. 8: "Walk The Line" (a chronicle of the life of Johnny Cash)

Sept. 15: "Rebound" (about the life basketball player Earl "The Goat" Manigault and his struggle with heroin addiction)

Sept. 22: "About Face: A Journey of Healing and Redemption," (a documentary about the life of Anchorage musician, Gwen Bradshaw, whose mother threw her into a campfire when Gwen was an infant, and Gwen's to path to healing)

Sept. 29: "28 Days," (a newspaper columnist enters a drug and alcohol rehab center after a series of substance-induced mishaps)

Contacts: Cori Stennett,, or Teri Tibbett, 321-2548,

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