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National Recovery Month


Download a list of the Recovery Month Events. 

Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger

As Recovery Month celebrates its 30th anniversary, this year’s national theme highlights the need to share resources and build stronger networks across the country to support the many paths to recovery. Mental and substance use disorders affect all of us, and we are all part of the solution.

Recovery from Substance Use and/or Mental Health Disorders is Possible

Recovery happens every day for people here in San Mateo County. Their stories are proof that prevention works, treatment is effective and recovery is possible. In celebrating and sharing the stories of those who have achieved recovery, we embolden others to seek recovery as well. With commitment and support, people who experience mental and/or substance use disorders can find help and embark on a new path toward improved health and wellness.

Speak up, Reach Out

People in recovery are all around us. They are full contributors to our community, participating in business, volunteering and providing for their families. However, too many people are still unaware that prevention works and that mental and/or substance use disorders can be treated, just like other health problems, such as diabetes and hypertension. By speaking up about the issues and reaching out to those who need help, you can help encourage public awareness and inspire others.  Together we can help others realize the promise of recovery. If you, a family member, or a friend needs help, resources are available. You are not alone. 

Why it’s Important

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in 2017, of the 20.7 million people in the U.S. aged 12 or older who needed substance use treatment, just 4 million received it in the past year; 72,000 Americans died of a drug overdose; and 46.6 million adults aged 18 or older had any mental illness in the past year. 

Given the widespread impact of these behavioral health conditions, it’s important for communities to make prevention, treatment and recovery support available and accessible for all who need them. 

Celebrate National Recovery Month

San Mateo County is celebrating Recovery Month by holding a variety of  events to honor individuals and families who are in long-term recovery. We all play an important role in helping people with mental health and/or substance use conditions live healthy and rewarding lives. Your attendance will demonstrate support of the recovery community, including those who provide prevention, treatment and recovery support services.

Recovery Month Events

Join us as we celebrate Recovery Month throughout August and September. event flier

August 30

Celebration Kickoff and Candlelight Vigil 
6 to 8 p.m.  
400 County Center, Redwood City

September 1 – 30

Art Show
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.    
Caldwell Gallery                                                                                   
400 County Center, Redwood City

September 13

Voices of Recovery San Mateo County Open House 
5 to 8 p.m.
1842 Bay Rd. East Palo Alto 

September 17

Recovery Month Celebration

7 to 8:30 a.m. Recovery Breakfast
Mezes Park (TANK)
Warren St. & Standish St., Redwood City

8:30 a.m. Philomena Walk of Hope
March from Warren St. & Standish St. to 400 County Center

9 a.m. Board of Supervisors Proclamation
Hall of Justice, 400 County Center, Redwood City

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Resource Fair
Courtyard, 400 County Center

September 24

BBQ Picnic and Resource Fair
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
San Mateo Central Park, 50 E. 5th Ave., San Mateo

September 28

Recovery Comedy & Dance - 
5 to 11 p.m. (5 p.m – Comedian Mark LundHolm, 8 p.m. -  Dance)
Friendship Hall, 216 S. Claremont St., San Mateo 

Visit the Facebook page or download the event flier. For more information about the events, contact Voices of Recovery at (650) 289-7670 or email:

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