An Industry United Against Substance Use Disorder & The Mental Health Crisis

Recovery Week encourages our industry to come together to hear from industry leaders, medical experts, mental health counselors and special guest speakers who are working to end this epidemic and provide support to anyone who may be struggling. Confronting SUD, advancing overall well-being and saving lives are the goals of this initiative.

Thank you for Showing Your Support

4th Annual BTEA Recovery Week

As BTEA’s 2024 Recovery Week comes to a close, we’d like to thank everyone that supported, showed up and shared the Recovery Week message.  While we populate a formal recap, we encourage you to check out photos from the week and do a refresher on your EAP offerings through the resource links below.

2024 Recovery Week Photos

Our Supporters

We would not be able to continue this critical work without the unparalleled support of the BTEA Board of Directors, our Recovery Week Advisory Committee and our annual supporters. Each year, we remain overwhelmed with the amount of generosity from across the industry and are grateful that this initiative is a true team effort.

By the Numbers

Construction Workers


have a substance use disorder


have had a mental health issue


of 100k lose their life to SUD


Employee Assistance Programs

Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) provide care options for those in recovery from substance use disorder. As part of their preventative services, they may also provide mental healthcare, financial planning and wellness services which can be accessed year round.

Recovery Week Advisory Board

Thank you to our distinguished Recovery Week advisors who provide their guidance, expertise and compassion as this work evolves into a year-round effort. We are pleased to present a true labor-management initiative.

Photo Gallery

Take a look at captivating moments from previous Recovery Week events.

In the News

Biden-⁠Harris Administration Launches the White House Challenge to Save Lives from Overdose

The Biden-Harris Administration issued the White House Challenge to Save Lives from Overdose as part of President Biden’s Unity Agenda efforts to beat the overdose crisis. BTEA’s Building Trades Recovery Week efforts were named as part of organizations that are already stepping up to save lives.

Recovery Week: Breaking Down Stigma & Creating Hope

Hope, help, and healing come through recovery. The story behind Building Trades Recovery Week, how it started in Boston, and is now spreading throughout the New England construction industry.

ENR Top 25 Newsmaker

Thomas S. Gunning: Powerful Personal Story of Opioid Addiction Propels Support of Narcan on Sites to Save Lives

Bringing Opioid Misuse Out of The Shadows

A compelling overview of the substance use disorder crisis in the union construction industry and the work being done to combat it in an effort to save lives.

Get Involved

Please help us confront SUD and improve overall wellness in the union-building trades.

For more information, to make a donation, or to get involved, please contact Jenn Geary.