Get Help During Recovery Month

Individuals with mental and substance-abuse disorders were urged to seek help during the Thursday kick-off of Recovery Month activities York County.

York City Mayor C. Kim Bracey, County Commissioner Doug Hoke and Commissioner Chris Reilly jointly read a RecoveryMonthproclamation declaring September as Recovery Month in York County. Also speaking at the event were Bob Allen, 52, from New Cumberland, and York City resident Michael Knaub, 45, both of whom are recovering from substance abuse.

“York County is home to hundreds of people who have received treatment and are leading happy and successful lives,” said Commissioner Doug Hoke. “Today we celebrate their efforts and encourage others to join in their success. There’s no time to waste.”

Recovery Month is a national initiative in its 25th year. Its goal is to raise awareness of mental and substance abuse disorders, celebrate individuals in long-term recovery and draw attention to prevention, treatment and recovery services.

Allen and Knaub both discussed their path to recovery and sobriety. Allen is in long-term recovery from cocaine and alcohol abuse. He achieved sobriety through the help of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Knaub explained how he first went into rehab for alcohol abuse at 18, but started drinking regularly again by age 20. A return trip for treatment two years ago has helped him regain sobriety.

A lack of insurance or inability to pay shouldn’t prevent people from seeking help, said Audrey Gladfelter, administrator of the York/Adams Drug & Alcohol Commission. Instead, she encouraged people to contact the Commission at 771-9222 for assistance.

In 2012, 23.1 million people age 12 or older in 2012 needed treatment for a substance-abuse problem, but only 3.8 million received it, according to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual survey released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The kick-off on Thursday is just one of several events that will be held in York County for Recovery Month. Among them is a Recovery Health Fair slated for September 14th at Santander Stadium. The health fair will begin at 11 a.m. with activities on Brooks Robinson Plaza and continuing throughout the day’s Revolution game.

Events During Recovery Month: 

  • September 13th - 3rd Annual Community Recovery & Awareness Conference (Hanover). Information: GHWH at 717-968-3083 or e-mail
  • September 13th – RASE Project Dinner and Comedy Show (Fund Raiser) featuring Emmy Award Winning Comedian Craig Shoemaker. Details by calling: (717) 232-8535
    • This conference will bring together experts and professionals from across the state and country to focus on ways to make an impact in the “new recovery movement” and bring awareness to everyone attending. Throughout the conference – keynote speaker, featured speakers, workshops sessions on specific areas from holistic to medicine assisted recovery and recovery options from intervention, treatment and continuous improvement for long term health and wellness. Also to learn new strategies and individualized solutions that create a positive environment for people in recovery.
  • September 14th – 5th Annual Recovery event & Health Fair in conjunction with the York Revolution. York Recovery Month is pleased to present the community with its 5th Annual Recovery Day Celebration! Come out on September 14th and enjoy a fun filled day with activities for everyone. From 11 a.m. until 1p.m. there will be free activities on the Brooks Robinson Plaza for all to enjoy! Gates will then open at 1pm for the Revs game! More information or tickets @ 717-801-4487
  • Sept. 15-21, 2014 -Celebrate National Wellness Week. Various events/locations. See for details or call 717-632-4900, ext. 1014, with questions.
  • September 17th - Medicine Abuse Awareness Month Proclamation. 9 a.m. Old Courthouse, Gettysburg, Commissioners' meeting
  • September 20th – Life’s Beacon Foundation’s 2014 Charity Fundraiser, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a recovery meeting at 8:30 pm. Information by calling 1-717-577-0553.
  • September 25th – “The Anonymous People” - 6:30pm - Penn Cinema, Lititz, $10. The Anonymous People is a feature documentary film about the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. by Empowering for Life. Planning support from Compass Mark, Lancaster County Drug & Alcohol Commission, and RASE Project
  • September 26th - Wake Up To Medicine Abuse Kick-Off, 12 noon to 1 PM, Emergency Services, 230 Greenamyer Lane, Gettysburg; this event will be the collaborating for Youth OPEN Board Meeting - all invited - (media, law enforcement, state representatives, collaborative partners, community supporters, etc.)
  • September 27th, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - 9th National Medicine Take Back. Collection Sites for Adams County and Greater Hanover Area:
    • Biglerville: Biglerville Hose & Truck Co. #1, 111 South Main Street, Biglerville - hosted by Biglerville Police Department
    • Fairfield: Fairfield Fire & EMS Department, 106 Steelman Street, Fairfield - hosted by Carroll Valley Borough and Liberty Township Police Departments
    • Gettysburg: Gettysburg Area Recreation Park, 545 Long Lane Gettysburg - hosted by Gettysburg Borough Police Department
    • Gettysburg: Gettysburg Barracks of the State Police, 3033 Old Harrisburg Road, Gettysburg - hosted by Pennsylvania State Police Troop H
    • Hanover: Giant Pharmacy, 455 Eisenhower Drive, Hanover – Sponsored by Hanover Police
    • Littlestown: Alpha Fire Co. #1, 40 East King Street, Littlestown - hosted by Littlestown Borough Police Department
    • New Oxford: Eastern Adams Regional Police Station, 110 North Berlin Avenue, New Oxford – hosted by Eastern Adams Regional Police Department.
    • York Springs: Bermudian Springs School Complex, 7335 Carlisle Pike, York Springs - hosted by Latimore Township Police Department
    • GIANT Food, 2130 Palomino RD, Dover, 17315 – Hosted by York Area Regional Police Department.
    • GIANT Food, 3175 Cape Horn Road, Red Lion - Hosted by York Area Regional Police Department.

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