National Recovery Month takes center stage in Fairbanks this Saturday with a carnival of events and sober concert featuring Fairbanks’ own Once & Future. “Together we are stronger” is the theme for the family-friendly afternoon that includes activities as diverse as basketball to makeovers and dancing to canvas painting classes.
“Recovery is for everyone, and our carnival is a way to show the community how much we support and appreciate their efforts,” said an event organizer Amy Bollaert. “We’re proud to see this event come together and excited to celebrate the thousands of Alaskans that are thriving.”
Recovery Carnival is this Saturday, Sept. 14, from 2 – 6 p.m. at the JP Jones/Community Center, 2400 Rickert Street. A Sober Concert will follow, featuring Once & Future beginning at 7 p.m. with zero-proof cocktails, dancing and a food truck.
“’Together we are stronger’ emphasizes the community aspect of recovery. These events aren’t just for those actively in recovery, but welcoming to anyone wanting to show support and who’s ready to have a great time sober,” said Recover Alaska Executive Director Tiffany Hall. “The sober curious movement is making waves across the country, and we’re excited to invite Alaskans to join in. It’s up to all of us to create a healthier community.”
In addition to National Recovery Month, many are participating in Sober September. In a recent poll by UBS, 34% of U.S. alcohol drinkers reported that they are very likely to abstain from alcohol this month and an additional 19% claiming somewhat likely.
The Recovery Carnival and Sober Concert are free and hosted by Recover Alaska in partnership with The Bridge/Fairbanks Reentry Coalition, Fairbanks Wellness Court, and the Interior Alaska Center for Nonviolent Living.
The Fairbanks event is one of several happening statewide this month to celebrate National Recovery Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness that substance use treatment and mental health services make a difference and enable people to live healthy and rewarding lives, and to celebrate people in recovery from these conditions.
For an extensive list of Recovery Month events around the state and more information about Recover Alaska, visit RecoverAlaska.org.
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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