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Colorado celebrates National Recovery Month

Rallies and events planned across the state to honor and support people in recovery

For 30 years, September has been recognized as National Recovery Month by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). During the month, we promote the understanding that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover from mental health and substance use disorders.

Show your support this weekend!

Here are some additional resources you might find valuable!
In honor of National Recovery Month, The Consortium would like to highlight some available recovery resources and events:

Also, check out the Consortium’s Recovery Work Group page.


Share your community’s story! Consortium’s annual meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 23.

The Consortium’s annual meeting has been reformatted this year, and we want you to join us! The meeting will focus more on work on the community level, so tell us what you’re doing and what help you need.

Once again, we’ll be at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. Learn more and register on the event’s registration page.

Register for Scope of Pain provider education symposium on Tuesday, Oct. 22

Join health care providers from across Colorado as nationally recognized pain management expert Dr. Daniel Alford discusses the opioid crisis; the dual “crises” of under-treatment of pain and opioid overprescribing of opioids; and the role of opioids as well as non-opioids in the treatment of pain.

This education event is hosted by the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention, with content developed by the Boston University School of Medicine.

Coming soon: a strategic recovery plan for Colorado

Coloradans with lived experience in recovery, the Colorado Health Institute, and the Office of Behavioral Health have been working together to develop a collaborative report with an innovative vision for a new recovery-oriented system of care. Colorado’s Statewide Strategic Plan for Substance Use Disorder Recovery: 2020-2025 is expected to be released this month.

Keep an eye out for the plan and learn more here!

Tell us how we’re doing!

To help everyone stay connected and informed, the Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention has created this email newsletter to share important news, announce events and new programs, and more! Email us at if you have something you’d like to share or to let us know what you think about this newsletter.

Other news

  • Track Opioid and Other Substance Use Disorders Study Committee’s progress — visit official website
  • CDPHE shares presentation on state and federal grants and programs for substance use, opioid misuse, and overdose prevention — view presentation
  • OBH publishes 2019 drug trends report — read report
  • Learn about Consortium’s support for grant writing projects — visit page

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