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.

Link to September is Recovery Month web page

This year's theme is "Recovery is for Everyone: Every Individual, Every Family, Every Community.  This theme reminds individuals with substance use disorder, those in recovery, and those who support them, that no one is alone in the journey to recovery. Everyone's journey is different, but we're all in this together.

How can you help?

Light Harford Purple for Recovery
Hang purple lights outside your business or home August 31 to September 30. Display Recovery Month Awareness banners and yard signs. Contact Sandi Gallion, 410-638-3333 for information.

Attend an Event
August 31 - International Overdose Awareness Day
This day of observance marks the start of Recovery Month in September.
September 4 - Recovery Kickball - 12 - 5 p.m.
Voices of Hope Kickball Tournament - visit for information.
September 9 - Recovery Day - Wear Purple
Show your support for those in recovery by wearing the color purple.
September 9 - Shine the Light Candlelight Vigil - 7 p.m.
A community and family event and candlelight vigil to remember those that have lost their fight to addiction and celebrate those in recovery. Contact Sandi Gallion, 410-638-3333 for information.
September 10 - ACR Softball for Sobriety - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Addiction Connection Resource annual Softball for Sobriety. Visit for information.
September 10 - Ashley Addiction Treatment Alumni Day - 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Family and friends event to reconnect and celebrate recovery with Ashley's alumni community. Visit for information.
September 18 - Voices of Hope Field Day - 4:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Join in a community event at Shamrock Park, 39 N. Hickory Ave., Bel Air.
September 20 - National Addiction Professionals Day
Thank an addiction professional for their contributions to end addiction.
September 22 - Purple Day at Harford Community College - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Wear purple and paint recovery rocks
September 27 - Harford Community College Student Wellness - 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Harford Community College Campus, 401 Thomas Run Road, Bel Air, MD
September 28 - Second Chance Job & Resource Fair - 12 - 4 p.m.
For information,

All Month - Create and Look for Recovery Rocks
Create your own inspirational Recovery Rock and drop it in Harford County to show support for those in recovery. Post found or created rocks to social media with #Harford4Recovery.

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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.