Celebrate National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month is celebrated to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members who make recovery possible.

Thank you for celebrating National Recovery Month with the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health! View the all event flyer or see below for event details.

Recovery in Color Virtual Art Show I View the event flyer
Now – Sept. 30
In honor of National Recovery Month, submit a photo of your artwork or original poem that celebrates recovery and resilience.
It may be featured on our Recovery in Color virtual art gallery below and on our social media. Submit Artwork

Recovery Month on Social Media
Now – Sept. 30
Visit DBH’s social media pages to view photos from staff, stories of recovery, inspirational quotes and more! Plus, print out handheld signs on our website, take a selfie and send to us! We may feature you on our social media including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

INTO LIGHT Project Exhibit
Sept. 9, 2022 – June 10, 2023
The INTO LIGHT Project is a national nonprofit organization that aims to reduce the stigma of addiction by humanizing the lives of those lost to unintentional substance use disorder. Throughout the exhibit, a series of 40-50 graphite portraits and narratives of people lost to drug addiction in the State of California will be displayed in the Anthropology Museum at California State University of San Bernardino (CSUSB). The exhibit will be open to the public for the duration of the exhibit. CSUSB is located at 5500 University Parkway, San Bernardino and is open Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Recovery Happens 2022 I View the Event Flyer
Sept. 22 I 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Celebrate individuals in recovery and the work of local treatment providers. Plus, hear from our keynote speaker, Pinnacle Treatment Centers CEO Joe Pritchard, about his story of recovery. Click here to view the event.

The Sound of Recovery Music Event | View the Event Flyer
Sept. 29 I 7 p.m.
Hear original songs inspired by local individuals and their recovery story. The music event will feature music about hope, recovery and celebration. The event is free to attend at the San Bernardino Valley College Auditorium, located at 701 South Mount Vernon Ave., San Bernardino.

Virtual Background and Avatar
Update your Webex background and Avatar in celebration of Recovery Month and Suicide Prevention Awareness Month! View instructions here.
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Virtual Art Show Gallery

Check out some of the artwork in celebration of National Recovery Month!

Submitted by Valerie Rodriguez
The bright red color and jewel-shaped seeds of pomegranates symbolize life, resurrection, death, and the afterlife in many religions.

The Eye of Hope and Strength
Submitted by Sondra Savage
Through the eye of hope and strength you can overcome as you continue to hold to that hope. The butterfly represents hope, strength, and resilience. Keep your eye on the butterfly and believe in yourself. Believe without question you can overcome, stay hopeful and be strong.

For Her, with Love
Submitted by Ellen Drummonds Curtis

My mother has helped me through many of my challenges and continues to motivate me to stay strong and well, especially as I care for my eight-year-old daughter (who, like Mom and me, is quite artistic). My mother, Terri, has demonstrated a fierce and abiding love throughout my life, and has remained an advocate for me as I address my mental health concerns and continue to sprout wings in the basking glow of my recovery.

I couldn’t find my way out of the dark; anxiety, depression and fear left their mark on my mind and heart.

The pain and suffering was almost too much for me to bare. The sleepless nights, the silent cry, does anyone care?  The downward spiral, the emptiness led me to homelessness and in my mind, the thoughts of death and hopelessness “Man I hit rock bottom”.  I heard the enemies’ voice saying, “he is mine, I got him”, I heard all the negative voices reminding me of all my foolish choices. However, at my worst, I looked up and cried out to God, I said God Please Save Me…my life has become a façade.

Now God had rescued me, all my hurts, habits and hang-ups, I let them all go.  Now I celebrate my recovery; I am free to fly like an Eagle.  Now my life is worth living, because I have purpose, I have support from family and friends, we talk and pray and everything is brought to the surface.

I believe in God, I believe in me, I thank God for each day of my life and now I celebrate my recovery.

So if you feel there is no way out, cry out to God and he will save you without a doubt, so believe in God and believe in yourself and put your hurts, habits, and hang-ups on the shelf.  So take it from me, God will set you free and then you can celebrate your recovery.

I believe in God, I believe in me, I thank God for each day of my life and know I celebrate my recovery.

Celebrate Recovery (Believe in God, Believe in Yourself)
Submitted by Donnie “D-Bug” Navarro

For people not to give up on themselves, there is hope.

Daughters of the Desert
Submitted by Lorraine Cortes

My poetry helps me with my recovery and feelings to cope.

Yellow on Red
Submitted by Gabriel Horne

It allows me to meditate and be peaceful with colors yellow and red.

Fill the World with Joy for Your Recovery and Wellness!
Submitted by Caleb Liu

We should treat people with mental health conditions as our own new born baby. Provide them with great love! Fill their world with joy for their recovery and wellness!

We Can Help You Recover for your Wellness!
Submitted by Jayden Liu

For people with mental health conditions, we should provide love, care and friendship to show that we can help them to recover from mental health conditions. We care for their wellbeing.

Submitted by Marizol Garcia

This is a meditation garden/gazebo and it signifies relaxation for me.

Red Snowflakes
Submitted by Gabriel Horne
This piece of art helps me to think of the calming effect of snow and the pretty color of red.