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Public Invited to Attend 'Recovery Happens 2013' Celebration

August 28, 2013

A free barbecue, live music and family fun await participants in “Recovery Happens 2013,” an event to be held Saturday, Sept. 21 in Auburn.

Open to the entire community, the 13th annual celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Auburn Recreation Park, 123 Recreation Drive. The park is located near Old Town Auburn.

The event is organized each year to acknowledge people who are on the road to recovery from alcohol or drug addiction or on the path to recovery from mental health issues.

This year’s celebration will feature live music by Phillip Dudley and the Doo-Rights, raffle prizes and community interest booths with informative literature. Bounce houses, balloon animals and face painting will help keep children busy and entertained.

On Tuesday, Aug. 20, the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a proclamation supporting “Recovery Happens” and declaring September 2013 to be Mental Health, Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month in Placer County.

“Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, learn to live self-directed lives and strive to reach their full potential,” Director Maureen F. Bauman of the County Adult System of Care told the board. “Placer County’s ‘Recovery Happens’ event will promote the critical message that prevention works, treatment is effective and people do recover.” 

The event is part of a nationwide celebration held each year to support people recovering from alcohol or drug abuse and to recognize some of their many success stories. The celebration also helps inform the public about the positive effects that recovery and treatment programs have on communities.

This year’s sponsors of the “Recovery Happens” celebration in Auburn include the Adult System of Care; the Placer County Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board; Mental Health America of Northern California; New Leaf Counseling Center; CoRR Hope House; Progress House; Koinonia Children’s Services; Acres of Hope; Recovery Now; and the Sierra Native Alliance.

Other sponsors include Pacific Educational Services; KidsFirst; the Sierra Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency; Full Circle Treatment Center; Aegis Medical Systems; Hope, Health and Healing; Placer County Welcome Center; Sunrise Natural Foods; Center Point Inc.; New Dawn; and the Placer Counseling Center.

For more information, contact Will Taylor at 530-886-2980 or or Meagan Hammes at 530-886-5434 or