September Recovery Month Events


The Open School Recover Hope Campaign is proud to support the 30th anniversary of the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Recovery Month. Join us in celebrating the power of recovery from substance use disorders (SUD). We invite you to contribute to our goal of hosting 25 events around the globe in support of Recovery Month by the end of September.

What is a Recovery Month event?

Recovery Month events can take many forms:

  • Start the conversation: A Chapter Meeting dedicated to discussion about how your Chapter can lead an impactful project to improve the lives of people with SUD in your community
  • Learn together: A lecture or panel by an expert on treating SUD or a person living with SUD, a film screening, or article or book discussion
  • Build skills: A training to learn about harm reduction, mental health first aid, motivational interviewing to support patients working towards recovery, administering naloxone, the effectiveness of medication-assisted treatment, or other topics
  • Celebrate and raise awareness: A Run for Recovery to celebrate people striving for or living in recovery from SUD, or a social gathering like a barbeque or picnic to share stories and support members of your community who have been impacted by SUD
  • Anything else you imagine!

How do I get started?

The SAMHSA Recovery Month website has a wealth of resources, including:

  • A toolkit full of key facts, figures, and resources
  • Tips on planning an event, including fundraising ideas and sponsorship, securing a speaker, budgeting, and social media and communication tools
  • Complete this form to let Open School know about your plans for your event and how the Open School team can support you!

How do I get people to come to my event?

Can I join an event rather than host one myself?

How do I get support from the Open School in hosting my Recovery Month event?