Recovery Month 2020

This September, Massachusetts General Hospital, led by the Substance Use Disorders Initiative, will mark National Recovery Month by hosting events to raise awareness of prevention, treatment and recovery support services.
Members gather for the Recovery Walk
Members gather for the Recovery Walk

Information about Mass General Recovery Month 2021 is coming soon.

Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger!

Each September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.

» Download the Recovery Month 2020 calendar (PDF)

Mass General Events 2020

 Recovery Month Kick-off Event, “Developing an Anti-racist Recovery Movement: Deconstructing and Challenging Existing Policies and Practices”

When: September 15 from 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Who: Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD and Tracie M. Gardner

Description: This discussion will critically evaluate how academic medicine, research and policy have systematically excluded Black, Indigenous and other Persons of Color (BIPOC) from the recovery movement. Researcher and addiction psychiatrist Dr. Ayana Jordan will provide examples of how to provide addiction treatment and conduct research in a culturally-affirming manner. Tracie Gardner, vice president of policy for Legal Action Center, will provide an overview of the challenges of ensuring Black voices in the current recovery “movement” and why BIPOC voices must drive the creation and implementation of good public policy.


Ayana Jordan, MD, PhD

Dr. Jordan is currently an assistant professor at Yale and an attending physician at Connecticut Mental Health Center. She is also the associate program director of Yale's Psychiatry Residency Program. As an undergraduate, Dr. Jordan attended Hampton University, a historically Black university, where she became interested in basic science. After college, Dr. Jordan conducted HIV research at the National Institutes of Health, where she contemplated combining her love for basic science with the clinical sciences. In 2003, Dr. Jordan began an MD, PhD program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City. In medical school, Dr. Jordan became passionate about serving minority populations, specifically within psychiatry. During her general adult psychiatric residency, Dr. Jordan became interested in treating patients with substance use disorders, given the intense stigma witnessed from other disciplines, so she completed specialized training in addiction psychiatry at Yale. She is committed to increasing access to addiction services within minority communities, both nationally and abroad. Dr. Jordan has done research in Sierra Leone, West Africa examining the link between mental illness, substance use and stigma. Locally, Dr. Jordan is working on a project to provide a computer-based cognitive behavioral therapy program (CBT4CBT) within the Black Church, an evidenced based therapeutic modality shown to be effective in decreasing substance use. Dr. Jordan is the proud recipient of various clinical and research awards and was recently inducted into the Top 40 under 40 society, by her undergraduate alma mater.

Tracie M. Gardner

As vice president of policy advocacy, Tracie plays a key role in the overall growth of LAC, creating strategic partnerships that support LAC’s mission and directs its policy work. Tracie has worked for more than 30 years in the public health, public policy and nonprofit fields as a policy advocate, trainer and lobbyist. She has led advocacy campaigns that won substantial increases in funding for substance use, HIV and alternatives to incarceration and reentry services as well as passage of landmark HIV confidentiality and testing legislation and criminal justice reforms. From 2015-2017, Tracie served as the assistant secretary of mental hygiene for New York State, where she oversaw the State’s Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, Office of Mental Health, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Tracie received a BA from Mount Holyoke College.

What: Recovery Coach Perspectives on Bias and Stigma

When: September 17 from 12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Who: Recovery Coach Team (Raina McMahan, Allen Ryba, Dan Foley, Michael Jellison)

Description: Recovery coaches present on intentional and unintentional stigma, knowing and recognizing our own biases (we all have them!) and learning how to use these truths to make the patient care experience more beneficial for all.

What: Buprenorphine Waiver Training (Clinicians only)

When: September 22 from 1:00 pm–5:00 pm

Where: Virtual

Laura Kehoe, MD, course director

John Weems, MD

Activity Description
This activity combines pre-work with live didactic lecture and discussion, including review of case studies, to provide a background of addiction treatment options in an office-practice-based setting using pharmacological treatments for opioid use disorder. It includes discussion of medication options, focused primarily on buprenorphine, covering induction, stabilization and maintenance, as well as the criteria to evaluate the appropriateness of medication-assisted treatment for individual patients. This training is for prescribing clinicians only. Please email Samantha Sawyer at to sign up or with questions.

 * In addition to completing this training, NPs and PAs have other training requirements that must be completed prior to becoming eligible to apply for the waiver. For more information, go to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website

What: Alcohol and Older Adults: A Complicated and Concerning Relationship

When: September 23 from 12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Who: Gene Lambert, MD, MBA

Description: Since the 21st century in the United States, evidence has shown an increasing trend in problematic alcohol use and alcohol use disorders, most notably in older adults. This presentation will review the epidemiology, socioeconomics and neurocognitive impact of alcohol use disorders in the Baby Boomer generation. Significant U.S. health care system concerns as this population continues to age and increase in numbers will also be discussed.

What: Midwifery Care for Women in Recovery

When: September 29 from 12:00 pm–1:00 pm

Who: Susan J. Hernandez, CNM, MSN

Description: Midwives care for pregnant women at all stages of recovery. The Midwifery Model of Care offers women and families support, education and guidance throughout their pregnancy and after childbirth. This presentation shares the experience of midwifery care provided in the Mass General HOPE Clinic.

Community Events 2020

The Charlestown Coalition invites you to celebrate Recovery Month 2020.

September 9: MGH Charlestown Community Virtual Narcan Training at 11:00 am. Contact Sarah Avery at with any questions.

September 15: Mass General Virtual Recovery Month Kick-off at 1:00 pm. “Developing an Antic-racist Recovery Movement: Deconstructing and Challenging Existing Policies and Practices.”

September 22: MGH Charlestown Panel Discussion with Recovery Coach Ryan O’Brien on Recovery Pathways at 12:00 pm.

September 23: MOAR 30th Annual Recovery Day Virtual Celebration from 9:45 am-4:00 pm. Topics include: Coping with COVID, Addressing Racism, The Value of Recovery Coaches and Peer Recovery Support Centers!

September 23: MGH Charlestown Community Virtual Narcan Training at 5:00 pm. Contact Sarah Avery at with any questions.

September 26: 12 Annual Charlestown Candlelight Vigil: On Saturday at 6:30 pm, join us at the Charlestown Peace Park (Mount Vernon St. and Lowney Way) for our annual vigil. If you would like to submit a photo of a loved one to be added into the vigil slideshow, please send their name and image to

September 27: Recovery Mass at St. Mary – St. Catherine of Siena Parish (55 Warren St. in Charlestown, MA) at 6:00 pm.

September 27: Revere Beach Memorial virtual event at 7:00 pm. An annual memorial to remember loved ones who have died from a drug overdose. Submit a name to be remembered at this year's memorial by emailing Viviana at Pictures may also be sent if you would like to have them included in the video. Names and pictures must be submitted by Friday, September 18. The memorial will be pre-recorded and aired on:

September 30: Charlestown Drug Court Celebration. Contact Shannon Lundin at for more information.

For more information about the above events, contact Shannon Lundin at 617-320-9058 or

Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) Initiative

The Mass General Recovery Month Celebration is led by the Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) Initiative. The initiative was developed in response to a Community Health Needs Assessments in Chelsea, Revere and Charlestown, where residents identified substance use, particularly opioids, as the single greatest issue in their community. It represents a collaborative effort between the Departments of Medicine, Psychiatry, Social Work & Nursing, as well as The Center for Community Health Improvement, Mass General Community Health Centers and the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.

The initiative was designed to improve the quality, clinical outcomes and value of addiction treatment for all Mass General patients with substance use disorder while simultaneously reducing the cost of their care. To accomplish this mission, patients must have access to evidence-based treatment that is readily available and standardized across the system. The Mass General SUDs Initiative is focused on re-designing care at all levels to meet this goal.

Addiction Services at Mass General

The West End Clinic

The West End Clinic (WEC) of Mass General is an outpatient facility for those with alcohol and drug addictions, co-occurring mental health disorders and other types of addictive behaviors. The clinic offers a wide range of outpatient therapies and medication treatment along with other resources.

Learn more about the West End Clinic


The Addiction Recovery Management Service (ARMS) specializes in supporting teenagers and young adults between the ages of 14 and 26, and their parents, as they deal with their substance use and related problems. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 617-643-4699.

Learn more about ARMS

HOPE Clinic

The HOPE Clinic (Harnessing support for Opioid and substance use disorders in Pregnancy and Early childhood) at Massachusetts General Hospital and MassGeneral Hospital for Children provides comprehensive care for pregnant women with substance use disorder, their partners and their infants from conception through early childhood. The HOPE Clinic sees patients from 9:00 am-4:00 pm on Wednesdays on the Mass General main campus. However, the team can be reached any time during the week by phone at 617-724-4643 or by email.

Learn more about the HOPE Clinic

The Bridge Clinic

The Bridge Clinic mission is to bridge the treatment gap by providing on-demand, compassionate care to patients at all stages of addiction. This transitional clinic works to engage and stabilize high-risk patients before connecting them to long-term community-based care.

Contact Us

For more information on the Recovery Month Celebration and the Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) Initiative, contact:

Elizabeth Powell
Administrative Director, SUDs Initiative

For media inquiries, please contact McKenzie Ridings in the Massachusetts General Hospital Public Affairs Office at 617-726-0274 or

Substance Use Disorders Initiative

The Mass General Recovery Month Celebration is led by the Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) Initiative. Discover what we do.