“The greatest gift to give to the people you love the most is your recovery.”

— Jamie Lee Curtis


Founded by John Winslow in 2019, International Recovery Day, Inc. is a nonprofit free-standing organization dedicated to promoting all pathways of recovery from addiction worldwide and educating the public about the value of addiction recovery. Having retired from a life-long career in the addiction prevention and treatment realm, John shifted his energies to build bridges within recovery communities. Having experienced widespread support for the concept of an international event linking individuals, families, and recovery communities, a Steering Committee was formed, non-profit status was secured, and a Facebook page was established to build further support, recognition, and connectivity within the global recovery community.

Our overarching goal is to globally connect recovering individuals, families, and communities in order to provide worldwide hope to overcome addiction.

International Recovery Day connects the dots between all folks in recovery - from all recovery pathways - all around the globe - all in one day: September 30th.

Our Objectives

To heighten awareness of the public-at-large regarding the value of recovery and how individuals in recovery transform from being part of the problem to part of the solution

To demonstrate to the recovery community and to all of humanity how diverse, widespread, passionate, positive, committed, and connected a force we are

To shift the focus of the ravages of addiction from “the problem” to “the solution”

To connect individuals and organizations worldwide from all Recovery pathways

To celebrate the Recovery Experience

To raise awareness that there are many pathways to recovery – no “wrong doors”

To offer hope to all individuals (and their loved-ones) regarding the power and value of recovery

Steering Committee

We are guided by a dedicated and passionately driven group of recovery advocates from around the globe. Our Steering Committee members come from the United States, Scotland, Malaysia, Australia, Ireland, Nigeria, Ghana and Canada:

Angelo Lagares
Annemarie Ward
Annie McCullough
Brandee Izquierdo Johnson
Carol Boyer
Dennis Kingsley
Fadilan AK
Greg Williams
Jessica Khachan Moujalli
John Shinholser
John Winslow
Keegan Wicks
Kenny Pomerance
Layla Tiara Bella

Recovery in All Languages

Recovery – written in a multitude of languages around the world.

Les Banton
Michael King
Nancy Rosen-Cohen
Nathan Mitchell
Oluwatosin Isaac Olaoluwa
Patty McCarthy
Paul Duff
Perry Gaidurgis
Peter Gaumond *unofficial member
Phil Valentine
Ronald (RT) Tannebaum
Samuel Evans
Tom Hill

“We can do together what none of us can do alone!”

— Anonymous


Major support for the creation and development of International Recovery Day has been provided through:

The National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence – Maryland

Additional Support Provided by The Following:
Mr. Tom Hill
Mr. Steve Fecho
Mr. Phil Valentine
Mr. Perry Gaidurgis
Ms. Louise Williams
The McShin Foundation
The Brent Shapiro Foundation
Adamus Media
Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)
Maryland-Peer Advisory Council

International Recovery Day is a nonprofit organization. We rely on your contributions to carry our message of help & hope to others. If you want to give online, click on our DONATE button below or visit our Contact page to learn more about making a contribution.

To Individuals, Families & Communities Across the Globe!

We, who are in recovery, want to demonstrate to the world (and one-another) how immense and united a force we have become. We want to shout from the rooftops all around the globe that we DO recovery and offer help and hope to individuals, families, and communities all across the globe. We hope you will help us spread the word about this upcoming historic event. Many of us are using social media to reach out to our local, national, and global networks. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or comments you might have.

You can learn more about our efforts by visiting our International Recovery Day Face-book page: