A coalition of Homer groups are offering events during the month of September in observance of National Recovery Month.
Started in 1989 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Recovery Month is intended to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices related to substance misuse, according to the administration’s website.
The All Things Recovery Coalition, a nonprofit organization founded locally in 2016 as the Opioid Task Force, along with the Kachemak Bay Recovery Connection, a new nonprofit and member of the coalition, are offering several activities open to the community, including a movie screening, 5K run and speaker series.
The mission of All Things Recovery is to “create safe and supportive connections, empowering individuals and families while building a recovery community for all people in recovery or affected by addiction,” Jaclyn Rainwater, All Things Recovery coalition facilitator, said.
Local organizations that contribute to All Things Recovery include the South Peninsula Hospital, the Homer Police Department, Ninilchik Traditional Council, South Peninsula Haven House, as well as smaller organizations related to behavioral health or addiction treatment, Rainwater said.
The first event for the month is a special screening event of “Tipping the Pain Scale.” This is a documentary film that follows how individuals have struggled with substance abuse, addiction and mental health and explores the development of new and innovative solutions to the problem.
The free screening will take place Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. at the Homer Family Theater. Following the film will be a community conversation opportunity and a 10-minute Narcan training. The conversation will be facilitated by Rainwater and Willy Dunne, vice president of Kachemak Bay Recovery Connection. Annie Garay with South Peninsula Hospital and Shay Hoffman from Homer Medical will provide the Narcan training.
For those looking for more activity, KBRC is also hosting a 5K “Fun Run for Recovery” on Sept. 16 starting at the Kevin Bell Arena on the Homer Spit. Registration for the event starts at 9 a.m. or participants can register electronically using a QR code that can be found on posters available at public facilities and bulletin boards around town.
Walkers can start the race at 10 a.m. and runners at 11 a.m. There will be a community social event with live music from Jacques Longpre and refreshments available at the end of trail.
Later in September, All Things Recovery will host the first discussion in their Recovery Speaker Series. The series is meant to be a space for sharing stories of recovery, mental health, paying attention and creating solutions for a life well lived.
The discussion will take place on Sept. 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Kachemak Bay Campus.
A full list of Homer area support group resources can be found through the organization’s website at www.allthingsrecovery.org.