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2013 Celebrate Recovery Challenge


ADMH is pleased to announce that Wallace State Community College’s Human Services Program, the Heads-up Campus Prevention Program and Mental Healthcare of Cullman were chosen as the joint winners of the 2nd annual Celebrate Recovery Challenge!

The groups’ series of Mental Health & Addiction Recovery Matters Events was chosen by mental health stakeholders and the general public as best embodying the purpose of Recovery Month by increasing awareness and decreasing stigma. Read the winning submission- Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Matters Events

Nearly 5,400 votes were cast in the 2nd annual challenge. ADMH would like to thank the seven other organizations who also entered submissions:

  • The Addiction Coalition coordinated a Real People, Real Stories online event
  • Aletheia House hosted a Recovery Rally in Birmingham
  • Cheaha Mental Health Center held a Back 2 School Bash & National Recovery Month Celebration in Selma
  • The Drug Education Council & FAVOR Coastal Alabama partnered to host an Anonymous People Sneak Preview in Mobile
  • South Central Alabama Mental Health Center, Covington County DA’s Office, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and the Covington County Children’s Policy Council Coalition partnered on a 2nd Annual Recovery Celebration in Andalusia
  • SpectraCare Health Systems & Harvest Church of Dothan hosted Team Recovery: Knocking Addiction Out of the Park in Dothan
  • UAB’s Treatment Alternatives for Safer Communities held a 5K Recovery Walk in Birmingham

Also - Thank You to everyone who voted for making the 2nd annual Celebrate Recovery Challenge another success!

The Celebrate Recovery Challenge was hosted by ADMH as another component of Alabama’s celebration of National Recovery Month, held annually during the month of September. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Recovery Month seeks to promote the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery from mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Raising awareness is a crucial component of Recovery Month, and organizations throughout Alabama have traditionally hosted events statewide to celebrate the observance and help promote its message.

As the winner of the Celebrate Recovery Challenge, Wallace State Community College’s Human Services Program, the Heads-up Campus Prevention Program and Mental Healthcare of Cullman will be highlighted on the ADMH website for the next year. Representatives from the winning organizations will also receive a Certificate of Recognition from Governor Robert Bentley and have a commemorative picture taken with the governor, ADMH Commissioner Jim Reddoch, and Associate Commissioner for the Division of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services Dr. Beverly Bell-Shambley.

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