Why We Rally

Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) promotes Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use issues and to celebrate communities. On September 29, 2018, #BTRR2018 will serve as the culmination of the many activities that take place during Recovery Month in September.

This will be the eighth year for the Big Texas Rally for Recovery. #BTRR was originally initiated by Texas Recovers, a coalition of 8 Recovery Community Organizations across the state. The Rally was originally held on the steps of the capital in Austin, but has “traveled” over the last few years.  The Rally has featured speakers including Greg Williams, Tara Connor, Mackenzie Phillips, William C. Moyers, Brian Cuban, and Michael Bottacelli.


This year the recovery community, stakeholders, and advocates are gathering together in beautiful San Antonio, Texas on September 29, 2018, to generate a unified message of hope, strength, and courage for people and families in recovery from, or still struggling with, substance use. The Rally has always been, and will always be FREE to attendants.

We are excited to gather with you at La Villita in Downtown San Antonio in support of recovery, from alcohol and other substance use disorders. Live bands, dignitaries from the national recovery movement, public officials, persons in recovery, families, community supporters, keynote speakers, and friends of recovery will join the celebration. Join us as we celebrate

“Recovery on the Riverwalk”.

2018 Big Texas Rally for Recovery Committee


Amelia Reed, BA, LCDC, CHW

Email: areed@ltrtx.org

Lifetime Recovery

Concession Stand

Hamilton Barton

Email: hamilton@payitforwardsa.org

Pay It Forward


Christine Casarez

Email: christine.casarez@bexar.org


Youth in Recovery

Nigel Williams

Email: nwilliams@riserecovery.org

Rise Recovery


Nicholas Holstein

Hug Me Ink