National Recovery MonthSeptember 7, 2016
Recovery is worth celebrating, today and every day—and in fact, September is an especially opportune time to make a big fuss over the addiction recovery process. That’s because the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has set aside September as National Recovery Month—a time to spread knowledge, raise awareness, cultivate understanding, and celebrate freedom from addiction.
The question is, how can you get involved? If you are currently in recovery, you can rededicate yourself to the process; make a special effort to attend all support group meetings and therapy appointment this month. Be open to sharing your story and talking about your struggle. Above all, remind yourself that treatment works, and recovery is possible.
Even for those not in recovery, there are ways to celebrate the process. Here are a few ways in which you can be a recovery ambassador this month:
-Talk about your experience: If you’ve ever struggled with addiction, or have been through any part of the recovery process, share your story! Talk with others about it; initiate conversations about recovery; consider volunteering to speak at a local support group.
-Spread knowledge: Find some good, informative resources about addiction recovery and share them though social media. Let everyone know that recovery is possible.
-Be mindful of the signs and symptoms of addiction: if you have a friend or loved one who is struggling, encourage them to seek medical intervention and to begin a new life of hopefulness and well-being.
-Reach out: Talk to the therapists or counselors, the friends and family members who have helped you down your own road to recovery, and give them your thanks.
Recovery is a big deal. It’s the start of a whole new life. It’s worth celebrating. The month of September is an especially good time to become a champion of addiction recovery.
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