TBYS Recognizes National Recovery Month in September 2022
September was National Recovery Month, and its purpose was to raise awareness for individuals who suffer from psychological and/or substance addiction disorders. The month attempts to encourage individuals to lead successful, fulfilling lives with the help of substance use treatment and mental health services offered by the government.
The accomplishments of individuals undergoing recovery during the month occurs. Also, advancements in health achieved by individuals controlling various medical issues, including high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease are acknowledged.
The month’s positive message is that prevention and treatment work and that people can and do recover, emphasizing the significance of behavioral health to general well-being.
The recovery process has helped millions of Americans.
Recovery Month offers a platform for all individuals to acknowledge these victories because they sometimes go unappreciated. Hundreds of U.S. prevention and rehabilitation treatment organizations and institutions observe Recovery Month every September.
They share their triumphs with their coworkers, family, and neighbors while also discussing the progress achieved by others in rehabilitation and recovery. Everybody contributes to promoting awareness and fostering a better comprehension of mental and substance use disorders in this manner.
History of National Recovery Month
To raise public awareness of addiction treatment and mental health recovery, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) established National Recovery Month in 1989. To convince people currently struggling with a substance abuse disorder that life in recovery is feasible, SAMSHA created a day to commemorate and support people in rehabilitation.
Evidence-based treatment and support practices are endorsed during the month. It recognizes the effort service providers and the general public make to ensure rehabilitation is more attainable. The strong message that behavioral health is crucial to one’s well-being and that prevention and treatment are effective are both reinforced by National Recovery Month. It also endorses the enormous progress made by all individuals in recovery.
Addiction-related fatalities have been on the rise since the late 1990s. Racial minorities have been disproportionately affected by the state’s skyrocketing opioid addiction percentages, which have reached their highest level in Massachusetts.
Countless Americans have experienced the negative effects of substance abuse while also having experienced the positive effects of recovery. Recovery Month will continue to educate and offer perspective on the success of recovery and rehabilitation programs and convey the message that anybody can heal and survive addiction.
In recent years, many people in long-term recovery have also been using social media throughout this month to easily identify themselves as people that are gaining benefits through recovery. This pathway is undertaken to aid individuals still battling addiction and mental illness, eliminate social stigma about such disorders, and illustrate that recovery is possible!
Purple: The Color of Recovery
When established, National Recovery Month advocates chose purple as its official color to increase understanding of overdosing and lessen the stigmatization of drug-related mortality. The worldwide movement for addiction rehabilitation has now extended its influence to embrace the color purple.
Goals of Celebrating National Recovery Month
● Advocating the advantages of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation for mental health disorders as well as addiction
● Honoring those who have recovered
● Valuing the efforts of care and service providers
● The dissemination of the message that rehabilitation is possible
● Recognizing the link between behavioral and physical health
● Letting others know that treatment works and that recovery is possible
The toolkit is three parts, plus a bonus component that features actual rehabilitation success stories:
● Media Outreach – Offers guidelines for organizing and publicizing Recovery Month activities and events and customizable templates for contacting regional and online media sources.
● Targeted Outreach – Provides information about the advantages of recovery, the efficacy of therapy, and strategies to get through obstacles in the recovery process to a targeted audience.
● Resources – Offers tools for organizing and getting ready for Recovery Month events and provides advice on building relationships with other organizations.
● Join the Voices for Recovery – Provides a picture of people who have overcome mental and/or substance use disorders and are now moving toward recovery.
Ways to Participate
There are various ways to get engaged, whether you’re seeking to raise awareness about addiction, are in addiction recovery, or want to spread the event’s themes. Some of the activities include:
● Attending an event
● Hosting an event
● Promoting National Recovery Month on social media
● Encouraging a proclamation
● Educating a friend
We hope you recognize that assistance, encouragement, and support are available for you and your beloved ones if you or they are battling drug addiction and unsure where to turn. Numerous community recovery facilities would provide open, live, and online programs throughout the year. Make sure to attend neighborhood activities and take advantage of everything they have to contribute.
Remember that anyone can overcome addiction, so never feel like you’re going through it alone. For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us, and let’s create awareness of mental health together!