Rosecrance celebrates Recovery Month with annual walk & picnic

Rosecrance staff and clients celebrated Recovery Month with an annual walk and picnic in Rosecrance’s therapeutic healing garden Wednesday, September 27.  Recovery Month is an nation-wide event that occurs every September to increase awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who are in recovery. Rosecrance’s Recovery Enhancement Committee plans events throughout the month to encourage and inspire clients in their recovery journey.

“Recovery is what we do, so putting a spotlight on National Recovery Month is so important for our clients, staff, and our community,” said Keri Fager, Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator for Rosecrance. “I love being able to get our clients and staff together from across our facilities to really see and feel the impact of what we do every day. I know for me it’s always a real eye-opener to see just how many lives we impact together at one time.”

As clients and staff finished their walk across the Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus, they gathered for a picnic and the opportunity to prepare a potted plant to take with them. Rosecrance encourages horticultural therapy as part of the treatment process, to foster life skills that can carry on to their new life in recovery.

Recovery Month is an annual celebration sponsored each September by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).