Recovery is a life-long process that is not for the faint of heart. The challenges and obstacles of overcoming an addiction are enormous, so those who are able to win the battle certainly deserve a celebration. September is National Recovery Month, an entire month dedicated to honoring, recognizing, and celebrating Americans across the nation who are in recovery.
While every person’s journey to sobriety is different, one shared commonality is that staying sober is a major feat. As such, National Recovery Month uses the month of September to not only celebrate but to educate. Raising awareness is imperative when it comes to addiction recovery. There are so many myths and falsehoods surrounding the topic, so clearing up confusion and breaking down stigmas is important for recovering addicts as well as their support systems.
Having resources and tools, in addition to a support network, is essential to staying clean. But it is also essential for friends and family members of recovering addicts. Understanding our loved ones’ journeys is a massive part of understanding who they are as people. More importantly, supporting one another means taking the time to learn about internal and external battles. National Recovery Month gives us that opportunity.
Once sponsored by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), National Recovery Month is now brought to us by Faces & Voices of Recovery. Join us as we celebrate the 31st year of this incredible celebration.
How Can You Participate in National Recovery Month?
Each year a different theme is featured for National Recovery Month, this time around it is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections”. The goal of this year’s theme is to highlight the successes of recovering individuals while also discussing poor decision-making in the past that may have led them down the road to substance abuse.
Together with the Faces & Voices of Recovery, we are honored to participate in National Recovery Month. As thousands and thousands of people around the country get together in pursuit of a clean and sober lifestyle, we are thrilled to get involved in a variety of activities. Things like documentary viewings, seminars, PSA’s, and even awareness walks are taking place as we speak.
Below is a calendar of events for National Recovery Month:
We hope that you will participate in as many activities as you can! There is a webinar on September 24th, called The Importance of Integrating Recovery Support Services: The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Model that you would probably enjoy. Don’t be afraid to join in on the fun!
Finally, as you share your experience with National Recovery Month on social media, be sure to use the following hashtags:
Spreading awareness is the main goal of National Recovery Month and we hope that you will do your part in getting the word out about addiction, recovery, and the important path to sober living.
Substance abuse disorder is one of the most challenging diseases to overcome. The reality is that no one can do it alone, so leaning on loved ones and addiction professionals is imperative to getting sober and staying sober.
On behalf of our entire team, Happy National Recovery Month!
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