International Overdose Awareness Day and National Recovery Month

August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day and September is National Recovery Month. The Illinois Department of Human Services/Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (IDHS/SUPR) is adopting the message "Recovery Belongs" to push back against stigma and promote the inclusion of recovery in communities and the continuum of healthcare services. From September 4th through the 7th, IDHS/SUPR will light up the Chicago skyline in purple to raise awareness about National Recovery Month. IDHS/SUPR encourages organizations to spread the message that drug overdose death is preventable and recovery belongs.

IDHS/SUPR will bring attention to the organizations that address drug overdose and promote recovery by highlighting their participation in International Overdose Awareness Day and National Recovery Month. Tag photos and videos of your organization's events on social media with #RecoveryBelongs. Please share information about the activities your organization is hosting related to International Overdose Awareness Day and National Recovery Month before August 31st by e-mailing the event details to


  • For more details about International Overdose Awareness Day, including resources like fact sheets, posters, and social media graphics, visit
  • For more resources on preventing and responding to an opioid overdose, visit IDHS/SUPR Drug Overdose Prevention Program (DOPP) page:
  • To learn more about National Recovery Month and to access SAMHSA's 2019 Recovery Month Toolkit, visit  
  • For help finding substance use treatment and recovery resources across Illinois, contact the Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances at 1-833-2FINDHELP and
Date Organization Event Location Additional Details Registration Required Fundraising Event For More Information


5:30 - 8:30 pm

Village of New Lenox

New Lenox Safe Communities America Coalition

Your Light Still Shines: International Overdose Awareness Day Event

Lincoln-Way West High School Auditorium

21701 Gougar Rd.

New Lenox, IL

Narcan training, "Hidden in Plain Sight" trailer, medication take back, speakers, and informational tables.  No No

Daniel Martin, 815-462-6493

Event Website:


5:30 - 8 pm

LTM Foundation

Bloomindale Police Dept.

Glendale Heights Police Dept.

International Overdose Awareness Day Event

Bloomingdale Police Department

201 S. Bloomingdale Rd.

Bloomingdale, IL

"Hidden in Plain Sight" trailer, community speakers, and Narcan training. Raise awareness by displaying a purple porch light Aug. 25-31, available at Len's Ace Hardware stores. No No

Use this link to forward event information: 




6 pm

McHenry County Substance Abuse Coalition

Gateway Foundation

International Overdose Awareness Day: McHenry County 

Roar 4 Recovery

Woodstock Square

124 Cass St. 

Woodstock, IL

Police-escorted motorcycle brigade, resource tables, remembrance, and naloxone training hosted by Live4Lali. Motorcycle ride starts at Woodstock Harley-Davidson and ends at Woodstock Square. No No

For more information or to register to ride in the motorcycle brigade, contact Laurie Crain, 815-334-4048

Event website:


6:30 - 8 pm

Breaking Free

Chris Walk Organization

Candlelight Vigil and Overdose Awareness Event

Simmons Park

1201 E. Indian Trail

Aurora, IL

Candlelight service and guest speakers. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picture of their loved ones to share. No No

Event website:



5:30 - 8:30 pm

PATH to Recovery Foundation Overdose Awareness Day: "Forever in Our Hearts"

Naperville Grand Pavillion

912 Honorary Sindt Memorial Ct.

Naperville, IL

Narcan training, harm reduction, informational tables, guest speakers, and "Hidden in Plain Sight" trailer. Candlelight vigil to end the event, guests can bring or e-mail a photo of loved ones lost to overdose. No No

Deb Lewin, 630-962-9652

To e-mail a photo of your loved one:


11 am - 2 pm

Chicago Recovery Alliance International Overdose Awareness Day Cookout & Celebration of Life

3110 W. Taylor St.

Chicago, IL

Free naloxone, art activities, and food No No




1 - 3 pm

Duney's Defense 5th Annual Overdose Awareness Walk

Wallace Park

250 S. Ave. D

Canton, IL

Speakers, substance use resources, free Narcan training and distribution, short memorial walk to remember those we've lost to overdose No


Accepting donations

T-shirts available for purchase

Sue Tisdale, 309-267-5995



12 - 2 pm

Chicago Recovering Communities Coalition

Westside ROSC Council

Overdose Awareness Day 

Austin Community Family Center

501 N. Central Ave.

Chicago, IL

Overdose Prevention/Narcan Training No No

Dora Dantzler-Wright, 773-417-2045



12 - 4 pm

Kirby Rehabilitation, Inc. International Overdose Awareness Day

Kroc Center

1150 W. 119th St.

Chicago, IL

Balloon Launch and 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament No


$100 entry fee for 3-on-3 Tournament

Donations can be accepted on website:


6 - 8 pm


UIC Community Outreach Intervention Projects (COIP)

International Overdose Awareness Day

Glueckert Funeral Home

1520 N Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights, IL

Naloxone training, fentanyl test strips, HIV and hepatitis C testing

Children's crafts and henna tattoos

Candlelight vigil and service

No No


9/4-7/2019 Illinois Department of Human Services National Recovery Month Chicago skyline Lighting the Chicago skyline purple to raise awareness of National Recovery Month No No

Illuminate Chicago Lighting Program:


12 pm

Kane County Health Department Opioid Awareness Event

Senior Services Association

2111 Plum St.

Aurora, IL

Presentation to raise awareness about opioids Yes No

To register, contact Diane Dawson, 630-264-7696



8 am

Southern Illinois Community Health Coalition

Egyptian Health Department

7th Annual Rails to Trails Quarter Marathon & 6.5K Walk: Supporting Recovery Month

Egyptian Health Department

1412 US 45 N.

Eldorado, IL

1/4 Marathon (6.55 miles) or

6.5K Walk (4 miles)



$25 registration fee

Jamie Byrd, 618-273-3326 Ext. 2155

Facebook event:

To register online:


4 pm


Metro-East Recovery Council

Amare's Rockin' for Recovery Music Festival

St. Louis Regional Airport grounds

8 Terminal Dr.

East Alton, IL

Musical guests Exile and Soul Cracker, non-alcoholic beverages, food trucks, kid zone No


Fundraiser booths at the event

Facebook event:  


Media coverage of the event:


9 - 10 am

Breaking Free Narcan Training

Breaking Free

120 Gale St.

Aurora, IL

Narcan training open to businesses and organizations. Free kit available for the first 25 organizations that pre-register No No

Betsy Santana, 630-897-1003 ext. 246  

Event website:


4 - 6:30 pm

Sinnissippi Centers, Inc. Sinnissippi Recovery Celebration

Sinnissipi Centers

325 IL Rt. 2

Dixon, IL

Celebrating 40 years of treatment services with an open AA speaker meeting, picnic supper, and special guest speakers No No

Kevin Buss or Andrew Jackson, 815-284-6611

Event website:


10 am - 4 pm

Kenneth Young Center

Elk Grove Village Cares Initiative

Remember. Recover. Discover. Community Awareness Day

Ken­neth Young Center

1001 Rohlwing Rd.

Elk Grove Village, IL

Resource fair, local experts panel, speakers, free Narcan training, memorial and dedication service No No

Event webpage:

Contact Kelsey Caspersen,, for volunteer and partnership opportunities 

Media coverage of the event:


3 - 5 pm

CEAD Council 1st Annual ROSC Family Fun Day

Lytle Park, Green Pavillion

3928 Cedar Ave.

Mattoon, IL

Free meal, fun games for adults and kids, door prizes, and music. Coming together to support people in recovery. No No

Jenna Hays; Recovery outreach coordinator, CEAD Council

217-258-6018 ext. 526

9/14/2019 6:30 - 7:30 pm Breaking Free Open to the Community Narcan Training

Breaking Free

120 Gale St.

Aurora, IL

Free Narcan training and information session open to the community No No

Betsy Santana, 630-897-1003 ext. 246

Event website:


3 - 6 pm

Visions of Wellness Recovery Health Fair

Richton Park Community Center

4445 Sauk Trail

Richton Park, IL

Celebrating those in recovery with local vendors, government officials, and recovery motivational speaker Mark Sanders. No No Gloria Wright,


2 - 5 pm

CEAD Council Effingham County ROSC Picnic

Evergreen Park

1110 Pelican St.

Effingham, IL

Free meal, fun games for adults and kids, door prizes, and music. Coming together to support people in recovery. No No

Jenna Hays; Recovery outreach coordinator, CEAD Council

217-258-6018 ext. 526


3 - 7 pm

Sinnissippi Centers Recovery Home Recovery Home Open House

Sinnissippi Recovery Home

922 W. Washington

Dixon, IL

Family friendly event to raise awareness and community involvement for people in recovery with games, food, and a recovery speaker. No No

Stephanie Englund, 815-213-8031

Event website:


8 am - 3 pm

Chicago Recovering Communities Coalition

Illinois Association of Extended Care

30th Annual Recovery Walk & Olympics

Garfield Park

100 N. Central Park Ave.

Chicago, IL

Recovery Walk starts at 9 am at 100 N. Central Park Ave.

Recovery Olympics starts at 11 am at Central Park/Jackson

Complimentary food and refreshments

Event features 3-on-3 basketball tournament, volleyball tournament, double dutch contest, bean bag toss contest, checker/domino tournament, 50-yard dash

Not required

Register on-site one hour prior to event start time to participate in the Recovery Walk or Recovery Olympics

Yes, entry fees for entering a team into the contests and tournaments

Dora Dantzler Wright, 773-417-2045


9 am - 1 pm

TEECH Foundation

Far Southside ROSC Council

Recovery Breakfast

Bethany Union Church 1750 W. 103rd St.

Chicago, IL

Food, entertainment, and fellowship.

Please bring a hat, scarf or gloves to add to the donations



$10 tickets

De'Shara Shells, 312-0539-5263 or 708-530-1923


10 am - 2 pm

McLean County ROSC

Chestnut Health Systems

Recovery Month Picnic

Anderson Park

503 E. College Ave.

Normal, IL

Great food and fellowship, games and good vibes, information, and full body activity (dance, stretching meditation, and/or self-defense to be taught onsite). No No

Angi Chasensky, 309-830-6962 or

Dan Sokulski, 309-665-2067


1 - 6 pm

Harmony Recovery Alcohol & Drug Awareness Day

Harmony Community Church

16925 Rosalind St.

Joliet, IL

Resource booths and speakers, including Director of Will County Substance Use Initiative, mental health and recovery advocates, and a poetry reading by Kassie Sullins. No No

Connie Dewall, 815-683-6844

Joseph Carey, 872-301-7733


4 - 8 pm

Project OPEN

Sinnissippi Centers

Voices for Recovery Picnic and Memorial Walk

John Dixon Park, Lion's Shelter

515 N. Galena

Dixon, IL

Picnic, presentation by local stakeholders, and a Memorial Walk for those we have lost featuring music by The Catfish Dogs. No No