It’s National Recovery Month and it’s certainly worth celebrating. Not only does this month-long celebration honor those who are in or who have been through recovery from a substance use disorder but it can help provide strength for individuals struggling with addiction to reach out for help.
“Each September, tens of thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities around the country celebrate Recovery Month,” writes the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), the official event sponsors. “They speak about the gains made by those in recovery and share their success stories with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues. In doing so, everyone helps to increase awareness and furthers a greater understanding about the diseases of mental and substance use disorders.”
This awareness is so important today as our country fights to survive the current opioid/fentanyl epidemic, legalization of pot and continual rise of overdose fatalities in the U.S. due to drugs and alcohol. This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” emphasizes community involvement and how we all have the power to help stop stigma and spread awareness that prevention is possible and treatment works.
Especially for those who have been through recovery, this is a great opportunity to encourage someone else to get help. After all, you’re living proof that addiction treatment works. If you have a loved one who is struggling with addiction, this month is vital for you, too. National Recovery Month is the perfect time to point out that leading a drug-free and alcohol-free lifestyle is possible and that there’s no shame in getting help.
This September, there are thousands of Recovery Month events taking place throughout the country. Click here to find one near you. Even if you can’t attend one, you can do your part and encourage others to seek help by sharing your recovery story. Submit your story here. It doesn’t take much to spread the word and get involved. You can simply update your FB status to include your recovery date or share your experience with a trusted neighbor or coworker or write a thank-you to someone who has helped you along your journey toward sobriety.
Saluting Those in Recovery
At Family Recovery Specialist, we would like to congratulate everyone who is actively working a program of recovery, and acknowledge the families who support their loved ones in their efforts to live a life free from drugs and alcohol. For those who are actively battling a substance use disorder, we can help you take that first step toward a sober life. To learn about our programs, call today: 305-595-7378.