Celebrating Recovery Month 2020

Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery is possible. It spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover. This year our annual Celebrate the Art of Recovery Expo is coming to you virtually.
As I mentioned last month, we were not going to let Covid-19 stop us from recognizing this very important month. We invite you, your family and friends to gather around your screens. The link to view will be available at www.celebratetheartofrecovery.org.

CARE will air Thursday, September 24 — 6:00 p.m.
​AZ Family Channel 3 news anchor Brandon Lee leads our esteemed panelists as they discuss:
⦁ What You Need to Know about Addiction, Trauma and Suicide
⦁ Struggling Loved One? Find out How to Help and Support the Recovery Process
⦁ Are They Forgotten? Addressing Homelessness and Addiction

In Memory

The recovery community lost two special men in August.

Dr. Frank Scarpati, was CEO of Community Bridges, Inc. (CBI) from 1996 until his retirement in June 2019. CBI is an agency that evolved into a product of his vision and is representative of a world view he held dear.
During Dr. Scarpati’s tenure as CEO, CBI moved from what he liked to refer to as “one dilapidated building on an acre of mud” to more than 34 programs across Arizona. His vision and passion of service allowed CBI to grow into one of the largest behavioral health providers in Arizona. His work, dedication and passion reached far beyond CBI and was a key figure in reshaping the way behavioral health services are provided in Arizona. An elder statesman of our field, he witnessed and helped force change that expanded behavioral health services and has created opportunities for generations to come.
Dr. Scarpati believed in “maintaining the dignity of human life” and never shied away from taking actions that would support that mission and to move the agency forward. He was a great supporter of this newspaper and Celebrate the Art of Recovery Expo. Thank you kind sir for your service and dedication.

Greg Fine was a class-act gentleman with a zest for life. A beautiful man, inside and out. He dedicated his life to helping others and making this world a better place. Greg was a beloved member our recovery community, an avid sports fan and golfer. Not only did he thoroughly work his own program of sobriety, he helped many men on their own personal journey find a better way of life.