George Washington University Students for Recovery Hosts Second Annual Raise High for Recovery Day

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Students For Recovery at the George Washington University announces their second annual Raise High For Recovery Day.

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Recovery Day at GW is more than just another event to raise awareness amidst the worst public health crisis we, as a society, have faced in over a generation.

Students For Recovery at the George Washington University announces their second annual Raise High For Recovery Day. The event will be held on April 16, 2016 in the City View Room inside the George Washington University at 5:30pm.

Raise High for Recovery Day is an opportunity to recognize those that positively impact the recovery community at George Washington University and beyond. The event includes a talk show, an awards ceremony, and a keynote speaker. Alison Malmon of Active Minds will deliver the keynote speech. Talk show guests include Tom Coderre, Chief of Staff to the Administrator, SAMHSA, Peter Konwerski, Dean of Students at The George Washington University, Author Brian Cuban, and Justin Luke Riley, Chief Executive Officer of Young People in Recovery.

“Washington, D.C. is a beacon of hope, change, and innovation for our great nation, said Young People in Recovery’s CEO, Justin Luke Riley. “Synonymously, George Washington University's Raise High for Recovery Day is a beacon of hope, change, and innovation. It is Young People in Recovery's honor and privilege to be a part of this revolutionary work. If you are an individual that believes that youth are extraordinary, people in recovery are powerful, and communities can change culture then you must support this event. Please personally attend, invite others, share with your network, and financially support this event to your fullest extent.”

Former United States Representative, Patrick J. Kennedy, will receive the National Recovery Champion award and Brian Cuban will be honored with the Advocacy & Action award. Other award recipients include Alison Malmon, who will receive the Campus Transformer award and Greg Rheault will receive the Caring Colonial Award. A Recovery Rockstar winner will be announced at the end of the evening.

"Recovery Day at GW is important not just for current students, but for the future generations of students in or seeking recovery, said Founder of Students for Recovery, Tim Rabolt. “We hope that the evening of events will continue the momentum of collegiate recovery seen on campuses across the country. We have an opportunity to change the culture of higher education. When a batch of flowers planted in the ground doesn't blossom, we work to fix the environment, not the flowers. Similarly, we can all work in unity to make colleges such as GW better suited to support those in recovery. That's what Recovery Day at GW is all about."

Invitees for Recovery Day include George Washington University staff and faculty, families and friends, community members and recovery supporters from across the country. The evening is being sponsored by Young People in Recovery, Life of Purpose Treatment, The Nikki Perlow Foundation, and Father Martin’s Ashley.

"Recovery Day at GW is more than just another event to raise awareness amidst the worst public health crisis we, as a society, have faced in over a generation,” said Andrew Burki, MSW, Chief Executive Officer at Life of Purpose Treatment. “Recovery Day is an opportunity to celebrate the recovery movement's greatest successes as well as honor our recovery allies and the families of those that have done so much to push recovery advocacy into the realm of public awareness. When I look at the upcoming leaders in Students for Recovery I am forced, with over 14 years of sustained abstinence, to stand in awe and admit a simple truth. The institutional support these students have secured for themselves and future generations of GW students far surpasses anything that I was or would have been able to achieve at a comparable age or period of sustained recovery. As a direct result of this support, they are stronger in their recovery and more advanced in their pursuit of meaning and purpose in life.“

The goals of Raise High for Recovery Day are to raise awareness about collegiate recovery and to increase the support and attention given to students recovering from mental health disorders. For more information about Raise High for Recovery Day, please visit

About GW Students for Recovery
GW Students for Recovery (SFR) is an on-campus support group and student organization for all students pursuing recovery from any mental health issue. They do not promote any particular pathway to recovery nor do they discriminate against any age, race, sexual identity, religion, or gender. The group hosts several recovery meetings in their new campus space as well as sober community activities. SFR believes there are many roads to recovery, and as such, members may also participate in groups at the University Counseling Center, attend outside meetings, and engage with a variety of other mental health resources on and off-campus.

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