September is National Recovery Month
It is September, which means it is National Recovery Month! This is a month to observe and recognize people who have undergone treatment for substance abuse and addiction problems as well as mental health disorders. It helps show people still dealing with addiction that they can get help and lead a healthy, happy life. It sends out a positive message to all people who are facing addiction and doubting recovery and shows how well recovery works and that treatment is actually effective.
What is the Reason for National Recovery Month?
National Recovery Month originated as a way to show that recovery is effective. It acts as an educational tool in America, letting others know that if they want to get treatment, they can and should! It shows people evidence of others who have undergone treatment and been successful in their recovery. People share stories of their drug abuse and addiction past, how and why they sought recovery and how well they are doing now. It is not only a way to educate others, but for strong individuals to express their gratitude for recovery and show what they have accomplished.
Going 23 Years Strong!
National Recovery Month will be celebrating its 23rd consecutive year in September 2013. For 23 straight years, people have been coming together to claim their lives, be healthy and focus on long-term recovery! It helps honor those that have recovered, no matter what their treatment and recovery journey was like. It also promotes different types of substance abuse treatments ranging from traditional treatment, inpatient and outpatient or holistic treatments. Additionally, it is helping communities understand why they should be working to improve and expand the available recovery and prevention methods utilized in their own community.
The Power of Recovery
Every year during National Recovery Month, thousands of services and programs help promote their treatment, recovery and prevention services to the public. Recovery centers share with everyone what they can provide and which individuals have successfully completed treatments. This type of success commonly goes unnoticed, which is partly why Recovery Month is so important. It doesn’t sugar-coat the difficulty in recovery, but reveals that against all odds, recover is always possible!
Whether you have recovered from a mental health or substance addiction problem, have a close friend or relative that has or is seeking help, you should be getting involved in National Recovery Month. Find out if there are any community events in your own town to help celebrate and reward those that have successfully found recovery.