The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) joined the Pennsylvania Association of County Drug and Alcohol Administrators (PACDAA), members of Pennsylvania’s recovery community, state lawmakers, and advocates, for a rally to spread a message of hope that people can and do recover from the disease of addiction.
This Eighth Annual Recovery Advocacy Day aims to raise awareness of substance use disorders, celebrate individuals in recovery, and acknowledge the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services in honor of National Recovery Month.
“People can and do recover from the disease of addiction. September is a time to celebrate the gift of recovery and to remind people in recovery, and those who support them, that no one is alone in their journey,” said DDAP Secretary Jen Smith. “The Wolf Administration’s efforts go far beyond this month, as we work each and every day to promote recovery and to help all Pennsylvanians live happy, healthy lives. At the crux of our efforts is eliminating stigma and clearing a path for someone to take that first step on their road to recovery.”
Throughout the day, participants visited with their legislators, shared their recovery stories, and conveyed a message of hope that people can and do recover. PACDAA also held a poster contest with the National Recovery Month theme of “Every Person, Every Family, Every Community,” which were displayed on the steps of the Capitol during the press conference. The winner of the poster contest will be used for promotional purposes for the 2023 Recovery Advocacy Day.
In addition to this event, DDAP has traveled across the commonwealth throughout the month of September to join individuals and organizations in celebrating the hope that comes with recovery.
“The truth that comes with recovery is that we know everyone’s journey to and through recovery is different,” Smith said. “It’s a journey that’s not just possible, but probable with the right supports. No matter what, the message I want Pennsylvanians to know is that no one walks that journey alone.”