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Rogers celebrates National Recovery Month, partners with Mobilize Recovery’s Day of Service

09/14/23 05:00:pm
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September marks National Recovery Month. With the tagline of “Every Person, Every Family, Every Community,” the goal is to educate that mental health and substance use treatment can enable those struggling to live a healthy and rewarding life.

Former Rogers patients share stories of hope

Ryan says his battle with addiction started when he began drinking in his late teen years. Many years later as an adult, he was admitted to inpatient in West Allis.

“I was surrounded with people who had similar stories,” says Ryan. “My treatment team wanted to kickstart the journey for me. The structure helped me get to the point where I could say, ‘This is what my life is now.’”

You can read more of Ryan’s story here.

Liz is a former patient of West Allis’ Mental Health and Addiction adult residential care.

“Sobriety is a marathon,” says Liz. “Sometimes it’s harder and sometimes it’s easier. Your life is the same before and after you get sober, but your perspective shifts so much. Before Rogers I would wake up with shame and anxiety every morning - what have I said, who have I texted. I felt embarrassment and regret. I’m so glad not to have that anymore. My husband is proud of me, my son is proud of me. My friends can see changes in me. They’re proud of me, too.”

Food drives and blood donation drive

Rogers is once again partnering with Mobilize Recovery, with sites throughout the System hosting food drives September 20 through September 30, on Mobilize Recovery’s Day of Service.

The Oconomowoc campus is hosting a blood drive at the Ladish Co. Foundation Center on September 30 from 10 am to 3 pm. Community members and Rogers teammates are encouraged to participate. Click here to sign up.

Additionally, Matthew Boyer, MD, addiction psychiatrist, and Lauren Scaletta, PsyD, psychologist and clinical supervisor of the Herrington Centers for Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Adult Residential Care at Rogers’ Oconomowoc and West Allis campuses, will attend the Mobilize Recovery national meeting in Washington, DC September 17 to 19. They’ll join advocates, members of Congress, heads of state and federal government agencies, family members, and allies.

As part of Recovery Month, Rogers is opening the Friends and Family program to community members. The program is held virtually and in-person at the Ladish Center and at the Lincoln Center in West Allis.

Rogers’ clinics participated in community events or held special activities for patients and teammates.


The Sheboygan clinic hosted artist and educator, Patty Bode. She led Mental Health and Addiction Recovery patients and Rogers teammates in making recovery flags as part of her Remember Love Recovery Project which works to reduce stigma by raising awareness, sharing information about recovery, and promoting love and connection. Patients and teammates could keep the flags, give them to someone they love, or donate to Patty.

Patty founded the organization in memory of her son, Ryan Bode Moriarty, who died of an accidental heroin overdose in 2018 at the age of 33.


Minneapolis team members participated in the Walk for Recovery September 9 that circled the Capitol grounds and surrounding neighborhood. Food trucks and live music were also part of the fun.


Oconomowoc outreach representative, Sonya Garza, participated in the Addiction Resource Council’s Recovery Wellness Fair at the Milwaukee County Zoo August 28.

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