Recovery and the Community: Side By Side


This September 2021, there is a full roster of events happening throughout the state of Vermont.
Come join the celebrations! Thank you to the support of Vermont Department of Health: ADAP.

Recovery Month Event List

Tuesday, August 31st: International Overdose Awareness Day Vigils are held throughout the state of Vermont to honor those we have lost to substance use disorder. Here are a few of the locations:

Thursday, September 9th from 10-2: The Turning Point Center of Rutland will be hosting its annual Stomp out Stigma celebration at Main Street Park in Rutland. The event will feature the Death Nut Challenge (  as well as live entertainment from the Human Juke Box Duane Carlton, food, fun, and games. A $30.00 entry fee per participant will cover the cost of the “Death Nuts” and a commemorative T-shirt. All proceeds will benefit the Turning Point Center of Rutland. A 50/50 type drawing will be held with community members having an opportunity to “wager” on participants and a winning ticket will be selected based on the contest winner. To register for the challenge or to arrange to have a table at the event please contact Kyle @ Deadline for entry is August 20th, 2021.

Saturday, September 11th, from 12-3: Cornhole Tournament in Middlebury!  Co-sponsored by the Turning Point of Addison County and the Vermont Alliance for Recovery Residences (VTARR). 

Saturday,September 11th, at 9am – 2pm: Recovery Walk, Celebration and More. Hosted by the Kingdom Recovery Center.

Sunday, September 12th, from 4-8: Turning Point Center of Bennington Lantern Release. This event will be to remember those who have lost to  substance use disorder, to support the people still struggling with substance use disorder, and celebrate the lives that have been saved through the paths of recovery. Upper Pavilion, 240 East Rd. in Bennington, VT. 

Saturday, September 18th, Step into Action Recovery Walk from 10AM to 2PM, the Universalist Church, the top of Church Street in Burlington!  Join us at this huge celebration of recovery and a joyous march down the Church Street Marketplace.  Sponsored by Step into Action with proceeds benefiting recovery organizations.

Saturday, September 18th, “Today I Matter,” from 1PM to 4PM, at City Hall Park in Burlington, VT.  Today I Matter is a moving tribute to those lost to substance use disorder. This event is sponsored by Vermont Team Sharing, and speakers include:  Speakers include: Cheryl Juaire, founder of Team Sharing, a nationwide support and advocacy group for parents who have lost children to substance use.
John Lally, dad to Timothy Lally and founder of “Today I Matter.” Dawn Tatro, Vermont Team Sharing member and founder of Jenna’s Promise, in memory of her daughter Jenna Rae Tatro. Senator Kesha Ram, Chittenden District senator, and Kimberly Blake MD, Vermont Team Sharing ambassador and Sean Blake’s mom.

Saturday, September 18th, Rock for Recovery, from 12PM – 4PM. The Turning Point Center of Springfield will be hosting their annual Rock for Recovery event, with bands, music, food, friends, recovery and fun! This event will be held at the Turning Point Center in Springfield, VT.

Monday, September 20th, Celebrate National Addiction Professionals Day.  Celebrate your recovery coach and all professionals in our field!  Nominate someone for the first ever, Vermont Recovery Professionals All-Stars award! Winners will be announced on September 20th.

Friday, September 24th, Turning Point Center of Springfield is hosting their annual Recovery Gala. This event will be held in person at the Nolin-Murray Center located at 40 Pleasant Street in Springfield, VT. Come dressed to impress!

Vermont Reads

Recovery Vermont is a lead partner for the Humanities Council 2021 book of the year, We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra throughout the month of September. This book contains themes on families struggling to recover from substance use disorder and family trauma. We currently have recovery resources on the Vermont Humanities Council website to go along with the project.  Join us for these important month-long reading events!  Click to learn more. 

CONGRATULATIONS to Vermont’s 2021 Recovery All-Stars! You nominated these 5 spectacular recovery professionals for their outstanding work in the field! In honor of Naadac, The Association for Addiction Professionals, National Addiction Professionals Day on September 20th, Recovery Vermont wanted to find a way to recognize exceptional recovery professionals. These 5 All-Stars will receive special recognition and prizes valued at $250. Please, if you see any of these fabulous recovery professionals, THANK THEM for all the work they do!!!!

Have an upcoming recovery month event?

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Support your local Recovery Resources!

Local is best! Now more than ever your local Recovery Resources need your contributions. To celebrate Recovery Month, consider donating to your local recovery resource. Learn more below, and make a gift today.


Recovery Vermont
A program of VAMHAR
100 State Street, Suite 352

Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 223-6263