March dubbed Sobriety Awareness Month

From now on in Alaska, March will be known as Sobriety Awareness Month.

Senate Bill 208 officially became law on Wednesday. The bill focuses on celebrating sober lifestyles and encouraging people to stay clean.

“Establishing March as Sobriety Awareness Month may seem like a small gesture, but for many, it recognizes their achievement for a better lifestyle for themselves which will help foster a culture that is conscious of this State’s multi-faceted substance abuse challenge and how those challenges can ultimately be overcome,” said State Sen. Berta Gardner, a sponsor of the bill.

They also want to break down any stigma that might surround sobriety — both for those who are in addiction recovery and those who don’t choose to use drugs or alcohol at all. Read more here.