This month, Americans recovering from addiction will be joined by friends, family, and community members at awareness and educational events all over the nation. This year’s Recovery Month theme is “Join the voices for Recovery: Together We are Stronger.” In Pittsburgh, September’s biggest event is the Recovery Walk on Sat., Sept. 14, aiming to dispel the negative stigma associated with addiction and recovery. More info on the walk is below, along with other notable events throughout the month.
Writers at Pittsburgh City Paper will continue to share events and stories for Recovery Month throughout September at pghcitypaper.com. If you’d like to share your story, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat., Sept. 7
The Anonymous People screening and discussion
1-3:45 p.m. Wolfe Auditorium, Bayer Learning Center at Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Uptown. Free.
Screening of a 2013 documentary about the 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addictions, followed by a discussion and training on how to break stigma by sharing your story.
Sat., Sept. 7
Recovery Lights Up the Night Bike Ride
6:30-9:30 p.m. Message Carriers of Pennsylvania, 5907 Penn Ave., East Liberty. Free.
Fifth annual family-friendly evening ride celebrating recovery with family and supporters.
Fri., Sept. 13
Art for Recovery and Transformation
5:30-9:30 p.m. Night Market Festival at Greensburg Music Fest, Buncher Lot, Greensburg. thepalacetheatre.org
Art show and sale, featuring artists in recovery.
Sat., Sept. 14
Pittsburgh Recovery Walk
9 a.m.-1 p.m. Eleventh Street and Waterfront Plaza Parking Lot (across from the Heinz History Center). Free.
Fourth annual walk for recovery, looping through the Strip District and Downtown. The event also features local celebrity speakers including Sally Wiggin and Bruce Kraus, family activities, food trucks, and entertainment from Colonel Eagleburger’s Highstepping Good Time Band and Clara Kent.
Sun., Sept. 15
Gateway Recovery Breakfast
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 910 Sheraton Drive, Cranberry. $18. gatewayrehab.com
Gateway Rehab’s 28th annual recovery breakfast with guest speaker Tara Conner, former Miss USA and recovery advocate.