Recovery Month 2018
September is International Recovery Month when people around the world participate in events to increase awareness about recovery and to celebrate those who are in recovery.
2018 marks the Recovery Academy of Ireland’s 7th annual recovery walk featuring keynote speeches by Olympic silver medallist Kenny Egan; author and activist Tony O’Reilly; and Minister of State, Catherine Byrne TD.
The theme for the 2018 Walk is ‘Together we have a voice’ and is one of a number of recovery walks taking place around the world to promote and support recovery from addiction and to help remove the stigma surrounding addiction.
Speaking about Recovery Month and the Irish Recovery Walk, Catherine Byrne T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy:
“I am delighted to take part in the Recovery Walk this year and to acknowledge the courage and strength shown by those who have embarked on their journey of recovery from addiction. I know it is not an easy path, but today’s event celebrates how far people have come in their own personal journey, and shows the measure of support that exists for people in recovery.
“Our strategy, ‘Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery’ – a health led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025’; is underpinned by the key values of compassion, respect, equality and inclusion, representing a very welcome and positive shift in attitudes to substance misuse. We are now focused on treating addiction first and foremost as a public health issue, prioritising the health needs of drug users and ensuring they are helped and supported in their recovery."
Dr. Eamon Keenan, HSE Clinical Lead for Addiction Services:
“Tackling substance misuse and enabling recovery from addiction is an important priority for the HSE. Treatment services are for many the first step on the road to recovery from drug or alcohol dependence. The importance of providing an evidence-based, best practice addiction recovery model in Ireland is highlighted by the development of a new MSc in Addiction Recovery in Trinity College Dublin starting this year.”
Recovery Month events
7th Irish Recovery Walk, Sept 15 at 12pm - ‘Together We Have a Voice’
Starting: Garden of Remembrance, Parnell St. at noon on Saturday, September 15.
Route: O’Connell St. to Merrion Square. The walk will finish at Merrion Square 'Recovery Village' for an afternoon of music, entertainment, children’s activities. Guest speakers will share their experiences of recovery and hopes for the future.
Faces of Recovery
Photography exhibition taking place in the Science Gallery, Dublin from the 28th September – 3rd October.
For more information contact Paul Duff, Project Coordinator for the Recovery Academy of Ireland: firstname.lastname@example.org