Helen Ross McNabb Center to host 14th Annual Recovery Fair to emphasize seeking physical and mental wellness throughout the recovery process

As a part of National Recovery Month, the Helen Ross McNabb Center will host the 14th Annual Recovery Awareness Fair as a way to raise awareness and support for people in recovery and draw attention to prevention, treatment and recovery support services in the Knoxville area.

The fair will take place on Market Square on Sept. 22 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Prevention, treatment and recovery information will be available at the event.

In 2013, an estimated 21.6 million persons aged 12 or older were classified with substance dependence or abuse in the past year according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Of these, 20.2 million persons needed treatment for an alcohol or drug abuse problem, but never received adequate treatment at a special facility (SAMHSA).

“This event raises awareness in our community and provides information about services for people experiencing mental or substance abuse disorders,” said Hilde Phipps, Helen Ross McNabb Center director of adult addiction services. “The Recovery Fair really shows that there is support within the community and we need to spread a message of support, hope and of recovery.”

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The awareness fair is a part of a national initiative sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA's) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The observance of National Recovery Month, which takes place each September, raises awareness of substance use and mental disorders, celebrates individuals in long-term recovery, and acknowledges the work of treatment and recovery service providers. Recovery Month spreads the message that behavioral health is an essential part of health and wellness, as well as that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover from substance use and mental disorders.