CHEYENNE, Wyo. — The Laramie County Board of Commissioners proclaimed as part of a resolution during its meeting Tuesday that September would be National Recovery Month in the county.
The resolution follows the nationwide movement of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration declaring National Recovery Month every September since 1989.
The board — particularly commissioner Gunnar Malm, himself in long-term recovery from substance abuse — gave their thanks to programs that exist to help those recovering from substance abuse both at local and national levels, such as Recover Wyoming, which is hosting the annual Cajun Fest on Friday at Laramie County Community College to benefit the nonprofit organization.
The item was passed unanimously, as it has been in previous years’ declarations, with Malm thanking the board for its appreciation and support of the fight to combat substance abuse in Laramie County.
“I myself am a person in long-term recovery, celebrating seven years of a bonus life just last week,” Malm said. “I do know that it is possible. I know hundreds of people across this community that suit up and show up every day and live with mental health and substance-use disorders and live with them in recovery and are productive members of our community. And so I am excited to be one of them.”