Program Spotlight: Chicago 13th Annual Recovery Walk

Every year in September, the nation recognizes Recovery Month which celebrates substance abuse treatment agencies and recovery communities and the many other healthcare and peer support recovery agencies who serve youth, adults, and families challenged by substance use disorder and/or mental illness. Recovery Month is sponsored annually by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Chicago’s 13th Annual Recovery Walk is led by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), in conjunction with the lead organization, the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago, and in partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS-DASA) and the Illinois Association of Extended Care (IAEC).

The Walk will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2016. This annual 3 mile walk supports the belief that “Behavioral Health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people do recover”!  The 2016 national theme is: “Join the Voices of Recovery:  Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery!” with a lime green and purple color scheme.

Participating agencies should be pre-register and come prepared with banners and t-shirts reflecting their agency’s name and pro-recovery messages. Registration opens at 8 a.m. with a pre-Walk rally, the award ceremony at 9:00 a.m. and the Walk kick off at 9:40 a.m.

CDPH encourages all providers, organizations, faith groups, and business communities to join us in this “Walk for Recovery” that will begin and end in Garfield Park. As in years past, the Recovery Walk joins the Recovery Olympics event which is led by the Illinois Association of Extended Care (IAEC). Awards, games, and athletic events will be available to individuals, youth, and families. Snacks and refreshments will be provided at Union Park along with music, dance, sports and other fun activities for children. Immunizations, resource tables, and information booths/tables will be also be available at Union Park.

This is a full day’s event and all groups are encouraged to register in advance.

Flyers are available in English, Spanish, Polish, and Chinese.