We are excited to offer ways for you to participate and reflect on our commitment to normalize treatment and de-stigmatize substance use disorders. Take a look at how you can get involved!

Words Matter Pledge


Only 1 in 10 people with a substance use disorder (SUD) receives treatment. Stigma is a key barrier. Using language that puts the person first reduces stigma by helping people with SUD get the treatment they need and promotes patient-centered care from the healthcare team. The Grayken Center for Addiction created the Words Matter Pledge as a call to action and a commitment to helping us create a stigma-free community. Take the pledge at BMC's Recovery Day on September 7th and throughout the month of September! 

Take the pledge

Field Day on Moakley Green; Grayken's Recovery Month Kickoff Event

Thursday, September 7, 12:00 PM – 3:00 P.M.

The Moakley Green

Join the Grayken Center in a recovery month kickoff celebration! Learn about all the programs and resources available to patients and their families through the Grayken Center while you meet our staff and enjoy live music, lawn games, raffles, and grilled food (vegan options included). 

Phoenix Gym Classes

Wednesday, September 13th, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

The Phoenix

The Grayken Center will host a private event for patients, families, and staff at the Phoenix Gym at 54 Newmarket Square in Boston from 4:30p-6p ET. Participants will have the option to attend boxing, rock climbing, or yoga classes. The Grayken Center team members will be there to provide information about their programs and the available resources. Light refreshments will be served. Learn more about the Phoenix.

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Project ASSERT Ice Cream Social

Monday, September 18th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Project ASSERT Office, BMC Menino Building - Office 1210

Project ASSERT will host an ice cream social where patients and staff can socialize over ice cream sundaes. The Project ASSERT team will provide an overview of the program and information on their referral process.

Bulldog Running Club

Saturday, September 23rd, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM 

Chestnut Hill Reservoir Parking Lot A

Join the Boston Bulldog Running Club and the Grayken Center Team members on a walk or run around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. Learn more about the Boston Bulldog Running club from the founder, Mike Ferullo. Light refreshments will be served. Sign up to save your spot!

Addiction Consult Service Panel Event

Wednesday, September 27th, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

820 Harrison Ave. (FGH)

Attendees will be able to ask questions.

Open to the community. 

Art in Recovery Exhibition

Opening Reception, September 27th, 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm; On view from September 26th - October 6th

Grove Hall Branch, Boston Public Library - 41 Geneva Ave. Dorchester, MA

Celebrating recovery through creative expression. Open to the community. 

CALL FOR ART: If you are in recovery and would like to submit your drawing, painting, video, photograph, writing, or other artwork for consideration for the exhibition, please do so by contacting Kristin by September 22nd. 

Grayken TTA Recovery Month Training Series

Throughout September

Virtual Events

This September, Boston Medical Center's Grayken Center for Addiction Training and Technical Assistance team is launching the Recovery Month Series. The series is comprised of four, hour-long educational sessions for healthcare providers and SUD treatment programs who seek to better understand how we can support individuals and caregivers in recovery. Utilizing both panel and didactic discussions, we will explore the uniqueness of one’s recovery journey and experiences to better support those in recovery and those with lived experiences. We will also promote a variety of supports for individuals working to build their recovery capital and unpack the unique needs of caregivers and those parenting in recovery. Each session is facilitated by a Grayken TTA educator and experts with lived experience.

Topics include:

  • Our Recovery Stories (September 8th, 12:00 PM  1:00 PM)
  • Community Recovery Support Groups (September 13th, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM)
  • Caregivers in Recovery (September 22, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM)
  • Building Recovery Capital (September 27th 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM)

Learn more and register