September is National Recovery Month, a month dedicated to sharing the message of recovery from addiction and challenging the stigma associated with this disease. Every September, Renascent joins other organizations across the globe in recognizing the life-changing impact of addiction treatment. 

This year, Renascent is inviting members of the recovery community and others touched by addiction to participate in a month of inspiring, educational, and fun-filled activities. 

Together, we can show that recovery is possible and support others along their journey. 

Recovery Month Events

Creative Writing for Recovery Workshop

Thursday, September 9 and Saturday, September 18
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Anyone who is in recovery from addiction is invited to participate in a fun and therapeutic night of creative writing. At Renascent’s Creative Writing for Recovery Workshop, you will explore recovery through expressive writing. Expert facilitators certified by Writers Collective of Canada, will support participants in writing together. Participants will listen to readings of each other’s work, find and expand their voice as a writer, gain confidence, and discover the value of storytelling to support and enrich recovery.

Participation will be via Zoom and attendees will receive access details after registering for the session of their choice. 

Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Mental Health and Addiction Care

Friday, September 17
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Understanding and addressing anti-Black racism in all forms is an essential competency. However, in order for these efforts to be effective, there must be a foundational level of knowledge about what anti-Black racism is and the many factors that contribute to racialized outcomes.

Addressing anti-Black racism in mental health and addiction care is a one-hour, educational session examines the mental health and well-being challenges faced by Black Canadians.

Participants will:

  • explore the cultural strengths and protective factors that can mitigate risks associated with both the social determinants of health (SDH) and systemic racism.
  • learn about the intersections of racial and culturally rooted stigma and the impact on help-seeking behaviours and recovery.
  • discuss the prevalence patterns associated with racism and racialized health outcomes.

This informative session will be led by Renascent Board Member and Ontario’s first Assistant Deputy Minister for the Anti-Racism Directorate, Professor Akwatu Khenti. This is a must-attend event for anyone who would like to gain practical tools and skills for addressing anti-Black racism that can be applied in any setting.

Participation will be via Zoom and attendees will receive access details after registering for the session.

About the Presenter
Akwatu Khenti is an assistant professor with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, chair of Toronto’s Black Scientists’ Task Force on Vaccine Equity and a Renascent board member. He was Assistant Deputy Minister for Ontario’s Anti-Racism Directorate and Director of Transformative Global Health at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He is currently an affiliate Scientist with CAMH. Akwatu has a Specialist Degree in Economics and a Masters in Political Science, both from the University of Toronto. He also has a PhD in Health Policy and Equity from York University.

Big Speaker Meeting

Friday, September 24
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join the Renascent family for a night of hope and motivation. Renascent Alumni and Addictions Counsellor, Jennifer Caven and Sunil Boodhai, Manager of Family and Outpatient Programs at Renascent will share their experience with addiction and their inspiring journey toward recovery. Additionally, Sunil will share how addiction affects family members and how they too can start their own healing journey.

Whether you’re sober or still living with addiction; whether you’ve been to treatment or have overcome addiction without it; or whether you have a loved one who is experiencing addiction, this meeting is for you.

Participation will be via Zoom and attendees will receive access details after registering for the session.

Renascent Alumni Game Night

Saturday, September 25
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Grab your computer, tablet, or smart phone, and your game face. Join us for a fun hour of trivia as you test your knowledge of all things related to recovery. Face off with other alumni as you answer intriguing, challenging and down-right hilarious questions that will test your memory and your smarts.

Can you guess which celebrity said, “Reality is just a crutch for people who can’t handle drugs?” Or, how many A.A. members there were when the Big Book was written? Test your knowledge with these and many more questions. You’re bound to have an awesome time with fellow Renascent alumni as we play and fellowship with each other virtually.

There are lots of great prizes to be won! Participation will be via Zoom and an easy-to-use online gaming platform called Kahoot. When it’s game-time, you can log-in online via your computer or download Kahoot to your tablet or smart phone.

Road to Recovery Walkathon/Run

Wednesday, September 1 to Thursday September 30

Join Renascent for a walk or run to celebrate recovery and to help us raise much needed funds to provide accessible addiction treatment to those in need. 

Participation is easy and can happen from anywhere: 

  • Select a distance of your choosing to walk or run  – 1km, 5km, 10km, or 1/2 marathon (21.1km) – any day between September 1 and 30.
  • Create a team or join an existing one, and set your own personal fundraising goal.

Every dollar raised will be invested toward giving hope and healing to a person who is beginning their road to recovery and changing the lives of their family members and loved ones.

Vigil of Hope

Monday, September 27
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Join us from the comfort of your home for a memorable evening with Renascent, our alumni and dignitaries as we celebrate the role recovery plays in improving the lives of individuals, families and communities and hear stories of recovery and hope.

At our Vigil of Hope we will celebrate recovery from addiction, remember those who have died, and shine a light for those who are yet to find their way to recovery. Renascent’s Vigil of Hope is a reminder that recovery from addiction is possible and the stigma associated with this health issue must continue to be challenged.

Kindly note this is an online event.

Show Sweet Support for Renascent

In recognition of Recovery Month, Comeback Snacks – famed popcorn makers – has partnered with Renascent Foundation. Purchase Comeback Snacks’ 5-pack sampler and they will donate $5 from the sale of every box during September to Renascent Foundation.

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Other ways you can show your support during National Recovery Month

Share: We invite you to join us in spreading messages of hope, sharing positive stories about addiction recovery. Challenge the stigma associated with addiction by sharing your recovery story on social media. Be sure to tag us if you’re a Renascent alumni (@RenascentCanada) and use the hashtags: #RecoveryMonth #CelebrateRecovery

Participate: Join us in one or more of the above-mentioned Renascent events.

Donate: Give others the gift of recovery by making a donation to Renascent Foundation. Donations are used to ensure cost is not a barrier to those seeking treatment at Renascent. Your generosity will support our success and our vision of providing all people affected by substance addictions with hope, tools, and living examples, to achieve a life of physical, mental, and spiritual health.

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