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Join Us on September 17 for Recovery Month at the White House

Join us on September 17th for an event at the White House celebrating the 25th Anniversary of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.

In honor of the 25th Anniversary of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will host a celebratory event at the White House called “Recovery Month at the White House: Celebrating 25 Years.” The event, which will be streamed live on September 17, will feature a panel of recovery advocates who will share their inspirational personal stories and participate in a discussion.  Viewers will be able to tweet questions for the panelists at @Botticelli44 using the hashtag #RecoveryatWH at any time prior to or during the event.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Laurie Dhue, a television journalist and recovery advocate. She will be joined on the panel by:

  • Christina Huffington, a young person in recovery;
  • Cris Carter, a former NFL football player and current ESPN analyst in recovery;
  • Ruben Castaneda, a veteran Washington Post reporter who recently wrote about his path to recovery in his book, S Street Rising;
  • Tim Willson, the mayor of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.

The Recovery Month at the White House event will help raise awareness of substance use disorders and recovery, highlight Administration priorities and accomplishments in this area, educate the public and policymakers, and help dispel stigma by promoting the understanding that addiction is a disease and not the result of a personal or family failing.  The webcast will also serve to inspire and mobilize the millions of Americans in recovery while holding out hope to millions of people across the country currently struggling with addiction to alcohol or other drugs.

We urge you to take the opportunity to watch, participate via Twitter, and post to other social media sites about the event. And if you’re planning to host a viewing party, we’d love to hear about it.  Register your viewing party here.

Please share with your friends, loved ones, and colleagues that “Recovery Month at the White House: Celebrating 25 Years” will be webcast live from 2-4 p.m. EST, September 17. Tune in and spread the word!

We hope you will join us for this special event. Until then, check our Americans in Recovery Facebook page, @ONDCP and Acting Director Botticelli’s Twitter account for updates.