September Marks the Celebration of National Recovery Month

Just as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month draws attention to breast cancer research and celebrates individuals who have struggled with the illness, so does National Recovery Month lift up those who are in recovery from substance abuse and individuals coping with mental health disorders.

The thirty days in September have been set aside to bring awareness to conditions that affect so many households today in America.

Before it was known as Recovery Month, the commemoration was designated to admonish those individuals who had overcome the throes of alcohol and drug addiction. The observance took on its current name last year after incorporating elements of behavioral health recovery as well.

This is the 23rd year that Recovery Month has been in effect. The time reminds us that addiction and mental disorders do not have to destroy a person's life and that individuals do not have to suffer alone. Many have been able to lead healthy, fulfilling lives and have found a renewed sense of strength and purpose after undergoing treatment and counseling.

Recovery Month is a period set aside to encourage community members to get involved at a grass roots level to help promote prevention, treatment, and recovery. It is a celebration of hard-earned moments of self-control and how society can rally together to make a positive difference in people's lives.

While it certainly isn't easy to walk down the road of recovery, the end effect is extremely rewarding. The advantages of prevention and treatment also extend beyond the life of the person dealing with the substance abuse or mental health issue. Families, friends, and co-workers also are positively impacted.

By focusing on the advantages of getting well, it is hoped that more people will be encouraged to address their situation so that they, too, can experience benefits of recovery.

Posted on September 28th, 2012

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