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Alaskans Embrace, Celebrate Recovery This September

Press Release: Recover Alaska and partners across the state are celebrating National Recovery Month

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – During National Recovery Month this September, Recover Alaska is celebrating the thousands of Alaskans who work every day toward their recovery, and encouraging people everywhere to get involved. Along with organizations around the state, Recover Alaska is hosting events dedicated to enjoying recovery and raising awareness about and understanding of alcohol and substance misuse.

“People thrive every day in recovery. Many Alaskans are living healthier, happier lives, hangover free,” said Tiffany Hall, executive director of Recover Alaska. “That’s an accomplishment that deserves to be celebrated! By educating our community, and honoring those who are already living it, we are creating a better environment for everyone who chooses recovery.”

There are countless ways for Alaskans to get involved in Recovery Month across the state, whether they are sober or an ally of recovery. Events this month include RecoveryFest, an alcohol-free concert with NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest winner Quinn Christopherson; a storytelling event called Second Chances: Stories of Hope, Addiction and Recovery; and so much more. Check the calendar at www.RecoverAlaska.org for up-to-date listings of events around the state.

Apart from Recovery Month events, Alaskans can partake by enjoying alcohol-free drinks at their local bars and restaurants. Recover Alaska will feature zero-proof cocktails on social media, recognizing restaurants who serve them, and is publishing a recipe book of some of its favorites. Follow Recover on Facebook to find a restaurant near you with alcohol-free offerings.

The alcohol-free trend is one that Recover Alaska has seen grow – not only around the country but right here at home. During Recovery Month the organization encourages everyone to educate themselves about the value of providing alcohol-free options and how to be mindful of people who live in recovery.

“At the end of the day, for us, Recovery Month is really about letting people know that a life free from alcohol misuse is possible. Recovery works and the people living it deserve to be celebrated,” Hall said. “Looking at the calendar it’s going to be a really full month with events all across the state. We want everyone to get involved with Recovery Month this year, whether that means going to recovery yoga, having a sober September, or engaging in meaningful conversations about alcohol use,” Hall said. “It’s up to all of us to create a healthier community.”

For more information about Recovery Month events and how to participate, visit RecoverAlaska.org or check Recover Alaska’s Facebook page. Some events have limited seating.

About Recover Alaska

Recover Alaska is a multi-sector action group pursuing a solutions-based approach to reduce excessive alcohol use and harms across the state. Partners include Rasmuson Foundation, The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Mat-Su Health Foundation, Providence Alaska, Southcentral Foundation and the State of Alaska’s Department of Health and Social Services. The vision for Recover Alaska is for Alaskans to live free from the consequences of alcohol misuse, so we are empowered to achieve our full potential. For more information, visit recoveralaska.org.

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Media contact:

Gary Scott, Thompson & Co. PR

(907) 561-4488, gary@thompsonpr.com

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