Spectrum Health Systems, the largest alcohol and addiction treatment provider in Massachusetts, is proud to once again be a local community leader in celebrating National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month and helping spread the message that treatment for alcohol and drug use disorders is effective and available, and that recovery is possible.

As part of its comprehensive treatment continuum of care in Massachusetts, Spectrum hosts peer recovery support centers in Marlborough and Worcester. These centers provide volunteer-driven support services for adults at varying stages of recovery, with a goal of promoting sobriety and helping individuals living in the community sustain their recovery from alcohol and other drug use. All activities and services are led and driven by "peers" - that is, individuals who have experienced addiction and recovery, either directly or as a family member or friend. Each center offers a variety of support groups, recreational activities, social events and volunteer opportunities.

Spectrum will be participating in the following Recovery Month events:

  • September 2nd-5th - Sober in the Sun - Clients and staff from Spectrum's residential treatment programs and peer recovery support centers will be volunteering and participating in this alcohol- and drug-free festival that is held every year on Labor Day weekend at the Treasure Valley Scout Reservation in Rutland. The festival features live music, camping, fireside meetings, workshops, dances, swimming and boating, recovery vendors, activities for children and teens, sports and recreation. Click for more details.  
  • September 13th - 2nd Annual Network Exchange Event - Held at Spectrum's Westborough Residential Treatment Program. Contact Spectrum Community and Training Coordinator Mary Dayotas at dayotas@spectrumsys.org for details and to RSVP. 
  • September 17th - 3rd Annual Worcester Cares About Recovery Walk and Celebration - This event is free and open to the public. It includes a BBQ lunch, live entertainment, fun for the whole family and information and education on substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Institute Park in Worcester. Spectrum's Everyday Miracles Peer Recovery Support Center co-sponsors this event with the Worcester Opioid Coalition. Contact Everyday Miracles Peer Recovery Center Program Director Athena Haddon at athena.haddon@spectrumsys.org for more information. 
  • September 20th - Addiction Professionals' Day - Celebrate the hard work that addiction services professionals do on a daily basis. 
  • September 23rd - Families and Addiction Recovery Conference - Sponsored in part by Spectrum Health Systems at Independence Hall in Shrewsbury. For information contact Lisa Blanchard at Spectrum Health Systems, (508) 854-3320 x1136. 
  • September 26th - Recovery Month Celebration March from Boston City Hall to State House Ceremony - Spectrum is co-sponsoring this event.  Click here for more information

Look for more Spectrum event postings for Recovery Month on our Twitter and Facebook pages throughout the month of September. Event postings are also listed on www.recoverymonth.gov and on Spectrum's homepage, www.spectrumsys.org.