By Barbara Nicholson-Brown

Saturday, September 22, 2018 – Phoenix Convention Center, South Building Hall G
3rd Street and Jefferson – Doors Open 9:30 am – FREE to the PUBLIC

In the late 90’s, I attended a lecture by Dr. Wayne Dyer. He explained how the words above can transform our thinking and what we bring into our lives. I liken that to how the Expo went from an idea to a reality.

This year, I have had the honor and privilege to pass the baton of the Art of Recovery Expo to Community Bridges, (CBI, Inc.), one of the largest statewide providers offering fully integrated medical and behavioral health care. The seed Bill and I planted in 2005 for a recovery month celebration will reach greater heights with CBI, Inc., and advance in providing help to those in need who struggle with addiction and behavioral health.

Letting go of something I love so dearly was not a snap decision — yet within my heart, I knew for the Expo to expand, reach and serve more of our community, it was time to leave the nest.

When Bill and I first talked about putting on the Expo, he started scribbling ideas on the back of a business card, and said, “You’ve  never done anything like this before?” Of course my answer was No! I could see it, I’m not sure if I believed it at the time. But we put one foot in front of the other and it came to fruition.

It has been wonderful to witness the transformation of the Expo to become Celebrate the Art of Recovery Expo – CARE.

CARE is what we do in this field; whether it be an agency, hospital, treatment facility, 12 step group, private practice, recovery home, sponsor, sponsee or other system of support. We are committed to the well-being and health of our fellow community members.

The Expo has brought numerous people into my life I would not otherwise have had the opportunity to know and work alongside. So stay with us —  because the best is yet to come. One of the most powerful messages we can ever offer is hope.

I want to express a special and sincere thank you to Dr. Frank Scarpati, President and CEO of CBI, Inc. and his team for believing in the vision of the Expo.

I hope to see you all on Saturday, September 22 at the Phoenix Convention Center!

Let’s Celebrate CARE together!