In America, over 23 million people are in recovery from substance abuse. Each September, organizations purposed to support those in recovery raise awareness about the recovery process and “celebrate the gains made by those living in recovery,” as shared by SAMHSA.
This year, the theme for National Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections. The National Recovery Month 2020 website, created by Faces and Voices of Recovery, indicates this theme “celebrates our connections to the diversity of people from all walks of life striving for recovery, [finding] support and courage to speak up for inclusion, respect, and opportunity.” In an effort to create unity for those recovering from alcohol and drug addiction, this organization shares the stories of individuals who are willing to share their journey through the recovery process. Using the hashtags #OurStoriesHavePower and #RecoveryVoicesCount, countless individuals have bravely shared their stories on social media.
Organizations passionate to raise awareness of National Recovery Month believe this can inspire individuals everywhere to support those in recovery, ultimately creating opportunities for these individuals in recovery to be supported for their “strength and resilience” in the recovery process. The Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) has many opportunities for education on the recovery process, a certification process for those wishing to partner directly with individuals in need, and an advocacy group designed for raising awareness.
Mahaska Health supports those in the recovery process, and we believe physical, behavioral, and mental wellbeing are vital to recovery. If you have questions about the recovery process, talk to your healthcare provider or call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration hotline at 1-500-662-4357.