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Posted on Oct 01, 2020 at 0:00 AM

Celebrating Our Resiliency as a Community!

We have ALL been feeling the Stress and Anxiety brought on by the Covid Pandemic and the uncertainty that follows in its wake.  September is National Recovery Month where we join our Voices with others across the nation to Celebrate our friends, family members, neighbors, co-workers, and others in our Community who are living in or moving towards Recovery from Mental Illness and/or Substance Use Disorders.


Rock painting is a recent world-wide phenomenon with an estimated 6 million painted rocks creating smiles and chain reactions of kindness around the World. People paint rocks and hide rocks as a random act of kindness to create smiles and chain reactions of kindness. There are numerous Facebook Groups and Communities dedicated to sharing the joy of hiding and finding painted rocks.

We are celebrating Recovery Month with "RECOVERY ROCKS."  From September 12 through October 10, brightly painted rocks with uplifting messages will be placed along random walking trails in Muscogee County.  The rocks are around 3 inches in length so they are easily picked up and carried when found. 

Hannah Israel, Gallery Director of the Illges Gallery and  Professor of Art in the Department of Art at Columbus State University coordinated with student volunteers and the “Friends of Art” Organization to create unique works of art for this Community Interactive Art Project.  For more information on the Friends of Art, visit  This is a unique demonstration that VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES are available during the Covid Pandemic. 


Fifty numbered Recovery Rocks will be marked with the Recovery Month Logo and New Horizons website.  Door Prizes valued up to $50 are available for lucky Recovery Rock finders.

If you find one of these Recovery Rocks:

  • Post a Recovery and Resiliency message to your Facebook or Twitter Account.  Share what you have been doing to manage your mental wellness during the Covid Pandemic.
  • Tag, Like and Follow New Horizons Behavioral Health Facebook site in the post.  Use #RecoveryRocks in your posting.
  • Then contact Susan Gallagher at 706-596-5517 to arrange to pick up your Door Prize.


New Horizons Behavioral Health received a $1200 grant from the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse and DBHDD to support Recovery Rocks.   Visit Georgia Council on Substance Abuse  for more information on Recovery Month activities and events across the state.  


We also received generous  sposnorships from AFLAC, Piggly Wiggly, Tsys Global, and Greystone Properties.  These sponsorships allow us to provide enhanced services and programs to children, youth, adults and families throughout our 8-county service area.







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