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Building​ Health Awareness Events Around Substance Abuse Awareness

As the battle to face the addiction epidemic continues to prove to be an important agenda, it is important that recovery advocates remain vigilant about speaking out. This coupled with a growing sober culture on the rise means that we are beginning to see local communities creating educational and advocacy events to bring more awareness into the public’s eyes around topics such as recovery, sobriety, mental health and addiction.

Events such as these can help work in the direction to break the stigma of both addiction and mental health by exposing people to the realities of people living, in treatment or in recovery from them.

Community gatherings that offer support, education and a chance to get involved are a great way foster connection and change among locals.

Why Health Awareness Events Make An Impact

Health awareness in the community is a way to encourage more compassion and understanding for those who are affected by mental illness and/or addiction. Health awareness events can also be a tremendous help those struggling with an active illness to realize their worth as well as demonstrate that support and help are available to them.

Building health awareness events in your community will allow your local community to get involved by contributing to a greater good in humanity, developing healthy and bonded relationships with people and working to solidify a productive and connected community.

Events On The Rise

Events that support lifestyles of those in recovery from substances and mental illness are gaining ground and popularity. In particular, we are seeing a trend of sober events popping up throughout the country, which offer their attendees a way to connect, be social and take a stand for the cause. Some of these include:

DayBreaker is an early morning dance movement that starts with a yoga or fitness experience in the wee hours of the morning before work and then finishes with a high energy, often themed, dance party free of alcohol and drugs.

Om Vibes Only creates conscious gatherings integrating yoga, sound & mindfulness.  These alcohol-free events are curated to cultivate intentional living, high vibes & next level connection. All events feature power yoga, live deep house DJ sets, organic conversation along with high vibe food, mocktails & juices.

Additionally, fundraising events that incorporate exercise with health awareness are another great outlet to get involved and contribute.

Club Soba in NYC is a social experiment – a new space for the sober curious to experiment with how good life can be when we re-frame our relationship with alcohol. What if choosing sobriety meant being “high” all the time? Choosing CLUB SODA may not mean total abstinence, but they are all about healthy alternatives.

Heroes in Recovery has a simple mission: to eliminate the social stigma that keeps individuals with addiction and mental health issues from seeking help, to share stories of recovery for the purpose of encouragement and inspiration, and to create an engaged sober community that empowers people to get involved, give back, and live healthy, active lives.

NAMIWalks are events put on by the National Alliance on Mental Illness that bring people of all ages and fitness levels together to combat stigma, raise funds and promote awareness of mental illness. Each NAMIWalks 5K event is a celebration of recovery—a time when we come together to let the world know we are #stigmafree.

How Can You Help To Build More Health Awareness?

You may be wondering how you can do your own part and take action. It is easier to get involved than you think. Here are some simple ideas to move you into the health awareness movement.

  • Start having conversations with your direct circle of influence, such as family, friends and co-workers.
  • Offer your support through listening to anyone around you that may be struggling with addiction or mental illness.
  • Take time to educate yourself on these topics to see how you get become more involved locally and throughout the U.S.
  • Support organizations and groups in your area that are offering resources for health awareness and treatment by donating your time or resources.
  • Partner with an organization to host or co-host an event that is near your heart.
  • Host gatherings at your home or workplace that allow people to connect and collaborate.
  • Get your finger on the pulse at local schools, colleges or churches to see what they are offering and how you can be of service.
  • Attend Health Awareness events in your area.

When a community comes together and builds awareness for a cause, this inadvertently contributes to the development of hope. Hope is often the spark that initiates people to seek help and get on the path to recovery. Building community translates to building hope, and this can be the strongest catalyst for change.


Article written by Carly Benson , a writer for Heroes in recovery.

Heroes in Recovery has a simple mission: to eliminate the social stigma that keeps individuals with addiction and mental health issues from seeking help, to share stories of recovery for the purpose of encouragement and inspiration, and to create an engaged sober community that empowers people to get involved, give back, and live healthy, active lives.

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