Celebrating National Recovery Month
Many people in our society are in need of substance misuse treatment and mental health services, and September is designated as National Recovery Month to raise awareness of these resources. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has been spreading awareness about the need of self-improvement and community development for over 30 years.
Here are some ideas for commemorating National Recovery Month if you or a loved one has struggled with substance abuse or mental health issues:
Help Spread the Word
The National Recovery Month website offers banners, logos and flyers you can print and circulate throughout your community, helping to raise awareness.
Contact your local recovery center and see if they will be holding any events that you can attend.
Share Your Personal Story
There are many channels via which you can encourage others with your own life story. Maybe you’d like to share your experience by giving a talk at a local gathering or publishing an article online. Others will find hope and comfort in hearing that they are not alone in their struggles with addiction or mental health if they hear your story of recovery.
Host Your Own Event
On the SAMHSA website, you will find many different recovery events that you may want to consider hosting. For instance, there are walks and rallies that are always great for drawing a crowd and spreading important messages.
Say Thank You
This month is a great time to reflect and show gratitude to the people who have helped you in your recovery. You can say thanks to yourself, your network of family and friends, and the professionals that supported you along the way.
Recovery is never “done.’ It is a lifelong commitment and process. If you’d like to speak with a trained Certified Opioids and Addictions Coach, that can help you continue to recover and reach your true potential, please reach out to me.