The month of September is known as National Recovery Month—an observance that seeks to promote and teach Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services are available and beneficial in helping those with mental health/substance abuse issues with obtaining a healthy life. This month serves to remind us that recovery is possible for everyone.
As stated by sobercourage.com, “Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible.” Recovery month is meant to instill health in those currently seeking help, currently struggling, or currently recovering. This is the 29th year for Recovery Month, and it needs more recognition. Too many times popular media ignore recovery success stories. This month is to celebrate the success of recovery—whether it be one day or ten years. The goal is to bring to light stories of hope and inspiration.
This month is all about courage, all about strength, and all about support. The purpose is to show everyone that recovery is possible and not a fleeting dream. For those currently in sobriety and recovery, it’s a month to cheer you on and celebrate how far you’ve come. For those in need of recovery, it’s a month to show you that you are not alone and that it is possible to get better.
Recovery Month also supports action—urging people to advocate for more readily available effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services. Each year there is a theme. Sobercourage.com explains that 2018 seeks to raise awareness of recovery in urban areas, community centers, the media, and policy makers.
For more information go to recoverymonth.gov
Let’s all spread positivity and send a message to society that it is possible to recovery, and that those in need deserve recovery. Let’s make our voices heard and try to take away the stigma to addiction, mental health, and substance abuse.
Below you will find links to many helpful resources if you are in need:
Have a safe and happy month everyone!