Massachusetts hosts a large and powerful community of people in recovery. While members come from diverse backgrounds and have a wide range of ways of staying in recovery, they are committed to a common cause: walking through life’s ups and downs without the need to use alcohol or other drugs. September is Recovery Month, and Recovery Day in the Commonwealth was celebrated in Boston on September 20th and in Springfield on September 22nd. It was an opportunity to celebrate this community of recovery—and to show others still suffering from the disease of addiction that it is possible to live happy lives, free from alcohol and other drugs.
For 27 years, MOAR (Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery) has held Recovery Day, with help from BSAS, the Bureau Substance Addiction Services. This year celebrated people who use writing, singing, storytelling, comedy, painting, and other forms of art as a tool for their recovery. With support from other people in recovery, a focus on art can channel new or difficult feelings and help find a release that was not there before. It is a way to learn about yourself, sometimes for the first time—and express that to the world. Visual artists displayed their work, and poets, musicians, comedians, and others gave inspiring performances. The day was filled with laughter, music, dancing, and a lot of gratitude both on and off the stage.
Many public officials also attended the gatherings and voiced their commitment to strengthening and increasing addiction treatment and recovery services. Governor Charlie Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey, Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Marylou Sudders from EOHHS, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, and many others made clear that they are allies with the recovery community and that they will support them—especially during the current opioid crisis.
In Boston, Allison Bauer, Director of the Bureau of Addiction Services, announced the launch of the new Helpline website. New design and features make it easier for people to find treatment options based on their needs and preferences. We now offer online chat, email referrals, and follow-up phone calls.
Recovery Day—indeed, Recovery Month—reminds all of us:
- Recovery can look many different ways, but it is possible
- Art can be a powerful recovery tool
- Staying connected is an important part of recovering from active addiction—and there is a strong recovery community in MA to support anyone looking for help!
The Helpline knows that treatment works and recovery from addiction is possible. We can connect you to the treatment option or recovery community that is right for you. If you or someone you care about has a problem with alcohol or other drugs, call us at 800.327.5050 or go to our online assessment to get connected today.