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The Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB) provides assessments, information, treatment and resources for mental health and substance use concerns. In September, the CSB joins tens of millions of people across the nation who promote the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders by observing National Recovery Month. This year’s theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in health, home, purpose and community. The CSB encourages all residents to learn about and celebrate recovery in these five ways:
- Join the CSB for a free, community-wide Recovery Resource Open House at the Merrifield Center on Wednesday, September 26, from 3 to 6 p.m. Meet a panel of parents who’ve “been there, done that” with their teens who experimented with drugs and alcohol and are now in recovery. Think you know someone with a problem but don’t know where to turn? Learn about CSB treatment services as well private treatment providers from across the region. Learn about music as a recovery tool from Recovery Unplugged, a new addiction treatment program that recently opened in Fairfax County. Music has the power to change lives; you’ll meet musicians and hear their stories and songs. Meet a panel of peers who live in recovery and hear their stories and wellness strategies. Connect with peers in a non-judgmental, stigma-free environment.
- Sign up for a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) seminar course. All WRAP classes are free and open to the public. A WRAP is a plan that helps guide one’s journey into recovery with hope, personal responsibility, education, self-advocacy, and support. Participants explore self-help tools and resources for keeping themselves well and for coping through difficult times. Seminar I of WRAP is comprised of eight 2-hour classes grounded in mental health recovery concepts. Classes are available in Reston, Annandale, Alexandria, and Arlington starting soon - see the full schedule. Contact Michelle Hurrell at firstname.lastname@example.org to register or with questions.
- Recovery Unhooked 3, a FREE electronic dance music and recovery event on Saturday, September 22 at Corner Pocket at the Hub, George Mason University, 4400 Rivanna River Way, Fairfax 22030, 8 p.m. to midnight. No booze. No drugs. Just EDM and dancing. This free event is a Virginia Recovery Initiative and sponsored by Virginia Recovery Initiative for Region II, CSBs across Northern Virginia, and the Substance Abuse and Addiction Recovery Alliance (SAARA) of Virginia.
- Pathways to Wellness Conference on Friday, October 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center. This 17th annual event will include a community resource fair, presentations, a networking lunch, and afternoon workshops. Apply for a scholarship or purchase your tickets now. For more information or to volunteer, contact Nancy Mercer, Conference Coordinator.
- Share the voices for recovery with these recovery-themed public service announcements (produced by the Department of Health and Human Services and SAMHSA)
A strong, well-informed community can mean stronger social and societal connections, and may help foster participation in recovery programs and improved overall mental wellness. Learn more about Recovery Month.
Contact for news media inquiries: Lucy Caldwell, Communications Director, 703-324-7006 (office), 703-856-5210 (cell).