NEWTON, NJ — The Center for Prevention & Counseling will host a sober event called “Journey Through Arts & Music,” or JAM on Saturday, August 11 beginning at 6 p.m.

This completely sober event is held on the second Saturday of every month and is open to the public. It is held at the local Recover Community Center called “The Center,” which is located at the Center for Prevention & Counseling.

The event began, according to Annmarie Shafer, the Director of Recovery Service at the Center, when a “recover-friendly volunteer came to the center asking if he could arrange for a time for people to share their works or art- written, musical, drawings, paintings, dramatic arts, etc. to encourage their journey forward, learn more about recovery from alcohol and other drugs and/or support their family and friends.”

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Shafer said that the volunteer was originally involved with a different support group, and while talking with others, the consensus was understood to be that those in recovery were happy to share their varied and many talents, which thus led to the creation of the event, which was coined by the volunteer as the acronym JAM.

“One of the yearly highlights of JAM is the showcasing of artwork submitted to a contest hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the New Jersey Governor’s Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the Partnership for Drug-free New Jersey called the, ‘Heroin Addiction Artwork Contest’, where several local people in recovery have entered and been honored by these organizations,” said Shafer.

This month’s artistic and recovery focus is on self-awareness and self-improvement, for any attendees who would like to elaborate on a time or experience where they were most aware of this premise, they may do so, as the event will be run open-mic style.

The August Recovery Social Event evening is partially funded by the Sussex County Department of Health and Human Services and will open opportunities for those in attendance to socialize, relax, and network with others who are recovery-friendly.

While preregistration is not required for this event, the Center encourages it. More information on the event and on the Center can be found at or for those looking to RSVP or learn more, contact Recovery Support Coordinator, Katie Calvacca, via phone at 973-940-2966 or via email at

The event takes place at the 65 Newton Sparta Road location.