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September Is National Recovery Month

Friday, September 1, 2017

(Washington, DC) — Every September, the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) to increase awareness of mental and substance use disorders and promote that people can and do recover. This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities.”

To celebrate Recovery Month, the District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health is holding a Purple Wave Festival block party from 10 am to 3 pm, Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 50 O Street NE.

The Purple Wave Festival is a fun event with music, food and entertainment for all ages. A parade at 9:30 am starting at 64 New York Avenue NE (DBH headquarters) to O Street kicks off the festivities. Wellness villages featuring free haircuts, massages and health screenings celebrate healthy lifestyles.

“The Purple Wave Festival is a great opportunity to publicly celebrate personal stories of lives transformed by recovery,” said Tanya A. Royster, MD, Director of the Department of Behavioral Health. “We are spreading the message that treatment works and with the right services and supports, recovery is the expectation so people can overcome these diseases and live to their fullest potential and contribute to thriving communities.”

The Department of Behavioral Health provides a range of mental health and substance use disorder prevention, treatment and recovery services including emergency crisis services.

To enroll in treatment or for more information, call 1-888-7WE-HELP (1-888-793-4357) anytime seven days a week anytime to talk with a counselor.

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