Sept. 8, 2023 – The Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services is a co-sponsor of the event.

“This walk really does give us that opportunity to talk about the hope that comes with recovery,” said DBHIDS Commissioner Jill Bowen, “and to really emphasize recovery is real, recovery is possible, and let’s share those stories of success and victory.”

About 20.9 million adults in the U.S. who had ever struggled with alcohol or drug use reported that they are living in recovery, according to the 2021 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

In Philadelphia, advocates, community leaders, and city officials will walk to bring more public awareness to addiction treatment and recovery.

Bowen said the local event recognizes successful components of recovery, including a larger supportive community and connection to others, especially to people who are also in recovery.