September is Recovery Month

National Recovery Month in September raises awareness about substance use disorders and recognizes those who have overcome addiction and behavioral health issues. It is marked by the color purple. This September, individuals and community partners are coming together throughout Harford County to celebrate recovery month. Harford County Government, Harford County Health Department, Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Harford County CORE Services Agency, Healthy Harford, the Town of Bel Air, the City of Havre de Grace, University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Health, the Klein Family Harford Crisis Center, and numerous other partners will launch the celebration on August 31, National Overdose Awareness Day, with purple lights on buildings, a variety of events, and 30 days of inspiring posts from individuals in recovery that have been impacted by addiction and mental health disorders.

September is Recovery Month

Celebrating Recovery month is more important than ever as the pandemic has disrupted recovery routines and communities. Isolation, stress, anxiety, unemployment and depression are all contributing factors to increased fatal overdose throughout the State. 

In September everyone in Harford County has the power to help by raising awareness about Recovery Month and reaching out to individuals in recovery to check in and connect them to resources if they need help.

How can you help?


Light Harford Purple for Recovery
Hang purple lights outside your business August 31 to September 30.

Attend an Event
September 24 - Wear Purple
Show your support for those in recovery.
September 24 - Comedy Night with Dion Flynn
Come out for some side-splitting comedy with Dion Flynn, best known for his appearances on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
Click here to register.
September 25 - Outdoor Movie Night
Join in a community event from 4:30 - 9:30 p.m., Shamrock Park, 39 N. Hickory Ave., Bel Air.
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All Month - Look for Recovery Rocks
Find and post purple recovery rocks to social media with #Harford4Recovery.

Visit a Local Restaurant offering Mocktails
Abingdon Grille | 418 Constant Friendship Boulevard, Abingdon
Ale Craft Brewery | 319 S. Main Street, Bel Air
Black Eyed Suzie's | 119 S. Main Street, Bel Air
Independent Brewing Company | 418 N. Main Street, Bel Air
The Deck | 2207 Pulaski Highway, Edgewood
Havre de Grace VFW | 300 N. Lodge Lane A, Havre de Grace
Miller's Ale House | 615 Baltimore Pike, Bel Air

Peer Recovery Event

September 24 - Improve with Improv
A peer-recovery workshop with Dion Flynn. Click here to register.

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To learn more about Recovery Month or share your ideas on how to raise awareness please contact the Harford County Office of Drug Control Policy at 410-638-3333.