Each September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), sponsors National Recovery Month (Recovery Month).
As a person in long-term recovery (4.15.08), I am even more aware of how important it is to spread the word that recovery is possible for all of us! It brings much-needed hope and inspiration to the folks who are still suffering. But many people in recovery do not openly talk about their recovery journey, due to the huge stigma that is associated with alcoholism and/or drug addiction, and mental health disorders. Many also feel that recovery can be viewed undesirably, because by acknowledging that we are in recovery we also admit that we have/had a problem. But if no one knows that we do recover how would they be able to discover recovery themselves!? This is the time when all of us in recovery should come out and spread the word! Recovery is possible and it is NOT shameful! It takes a huge amount of determination and courage to change and recover.
We all need to be proud and celebrate recovery!
This is an excerpt from the About section on the Recovery Month website.
National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) (http://www.recoverymonth.gov) is a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The observance’s main focus is to laud the gains made by those in recovery from these conditions, just as we would those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.
Each September, thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and services around the country celebrate their successes and share them with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues in an effort to educate the public about recovery, how it works, for whom, and why.
There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. These successes often go unnoticed by the broader population; therefore, Recovery Month provides a vehicle to celebrate these accomplishments.
Currently, 203 Federal, State and local government entities, as well as non-profit organizations and associations affiliated with prevention, treatment, and recovery of mental and substance use disorders, comprise the Recovery Month Planning Partners’ group. The Planning Partners assist in the development, dissemination and collaboration of materials, promotion and event sponsorship for the Recovery Month initiative.
Materials produced for the Recovery Month observance include print, web, television, radio and social media tools. These resources help local communities reach out and encourage individuals in need of services, and their friends and families, to seek treatment and recovery services and information. Materials provide multiple resources including SAMHSA’s:
National Helpline – 1-800-662 HELP (4357)
For information and treatment referral and SAMHSA’s Treatment information at http://www.samhsa.gov
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 spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.
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Spread the word, get involved!
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