San Diegans to Celebrate Drug-Free Lives

September is National Recovery Month and hundreds of people in recovery will come together to celebrate being drug-free.

Recovery Happens is an annual celebration sponsored by the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency and its many prevention and treatment partners. This year’s event will take place Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Liberty Station NTC Park in Point Loma.

The County and its partners organize Recovery Happens to celebrate the accomplishments of those who are now in recovery and are leading a life free from alcohol and other drugs. This free event will feature a recovery countdown, resource fair and fun family activities. The celebration is open to the public, all ages are welcome and parking is free.

As part of Live Well San Diego, the County operates treatment centers throughout the region. The goal is to improve the overall health and well-being of all local residents.

During fiscal year 2014-2015, almost 12,000 clients received treatment at County-funded alcohol and other drug programs. Of those, 1,136 were people under 18 years of age. For adults, the primary drug of choice was methamphetamine, followed by alcohol and heroin. By comparison, most youth were admitted into treatment for using marijuana or hashish, followed by alcohol and methamphetamine.

Typically, about one-third of people who enter treatment complete their program, one-third drop out, and one-third make some progress toward recovery.

People suffering from substance abuse problems due to alcohol or drugs are encouraged to seek help by calling the County’s Access and Crisis Line at (888) 724-7240 or 2-1-1.


José A. Álvarez is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact