By: Bethany Winkel
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September is Recovery Month
Every year in September, organizations across the country hold events to increase awareness of substance use issues and to celebrate those who have recovered. National Recovery Month was started and is hosted by SAMHSA, but other organizations, treatment centers, and community groups are welcome to hold their own events as well.
Why is Recovery Month so important? First of all, it gets people talking about this very important issue. It shows people in recovery they have many people around them pushing for their success. It helps those still in addiction understand they are not alone and that help is available and recovery is possible. Recovery Month helps decrease the stigma that surrounds addiction disorders so that people feel more comfortable not only talking about it, but doing something about it.
This year’s Recovery Month theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable!. According to SAMHSA’s website, this theme “highlights the value of peer support in educating, mentoring, and helping others. It encourages individuals to start conversations about the prevention, treatment, and recovery of behavioral health conditions at earlier stages of life.”
There are Recovery Month events being held across the country. Visit SAMHSA’s website to find an event near you.