The event, sponsored by the County Health and Human Services Agency and its many prevention and treatment partners is part of National Recovery Month which is celebrated every September.
This year’s event will take place 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16 at Liberty Station NTC Park, 2455 Cushing Road.
“The county and its partners organize Recovery Happens to celebrate the accomplishments of those who are now in recovery and are leading a life free from alcohol and other drugs,” said Alfredo Aguirre, director of Behavioral Health Services for the County Health and Human Services Agency.
The free event will feature a recovery countdown, resource fair and fun family activities. The celebration is open to the public, all ages are welcome and parking is free.
As part of Live Well San Diego, the County operates treatment centers throughout the region. The goal is to improve the overall health and well-being of all local residents.
During fiscal year 2015-2016, more than 11,000 clients served by County-funded alcohol and other drug treatment programs. Of those, nearly 1,100 were people under 18 years of age. For adults, the primary drug of choice was methamphetamine, followed by alcohol and heroin. By comparison, most youth were admitted into treatment for using marijuana or hashish, followed by alcohol and methamphetamine.
People suffering from substance abuse problems due to alcohol or drugs are encouraged to seek help by calling the County’s Access and Crisis Line at 888-724-7240 or 2-1-1.