What Is National Recovery Month?

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What Is National Recovery Month?

National Recovery Month is something you may hear about if you are working through drug and alcohol addiction and treatment. If you have entered into recovery, you already know just how incredible the feeling is – you’ve made it. You have broken through addiction. You are working on your future now. Why not help others to understand this as well? At Lakeview Health, we want to encourage other people to realize that they, too, can live in recovery.

In the spirit of National Recovery Month, reach out to Lakeview Health today at 866.704.7692 to begin your recovery journey from substance abuse and addiction.

What Is National Recovery Month?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month each September. During this month, the goal is to increase awareness and understanding of mental wellness and substance use disorders. The aim is to celebrate the women and men who have recovered and are working on continuing to remain healthy. You can be a part of the process in a wide variety of ways.

The year 2020 marks the 30th year for National Recovery Month. During that time, many thousands of people have worked through mental wellness and substance use disorder treatment and found themselves facing new opportunities in life. It is not always easy, and that is why it should be celebrated. How will you choose to celebrate it? The following are just a few of the ways that the expert team at Lakeview Health suggests you do so.

Create an Event to Celebrate Your Recovery

Why not host a small gathering of friends? Even amid the current health crisis, getting together a small group of socially-distanced peers in recovery can be a great reminder of all that you have been through.  Celebrate the number of months or years you have been drug- and alcohol-free. This is a good way for you to show anyone in your group what it means to be in recovery and how much determination it takes to get there. Host a celebration with friends and family who may also be in recovery.

Educate Others About Recovery and Addiction

It is also very important to use this month to do more to help others. What could National Recovery Month mean to someone who is still using? It could be a sign of hope and opportunity. They may need to know they can make the change. You may remember feeling helpless and unable to see yourself without drugs in your life. You may remember how much the depression and anxiety of your past took control of your life. Educating others about the steps you took to heal can save someone’s life, and help cement your dedication to sobriety.

Whether you create a blog post or a video that showcases your story for social media, find a way to tell others about addiction and recovery. Let them know how hard it is, but also the benefits that come from making this change. In nearly all situations, you will be giving people the tools they need to realize they, too, can heal.

Encourage Someone Close to You to Get Help

National Recovery Month can be a perfect time to encourage a loved one to get the help they need. If there is someone in your life battling addiction or in need of mental health support, give them a path towards getting it. Connect them with Lakeview Health and our range of programs. Let us work closely with you to ensure there is a plan to move forward for them. Learn more about each of our programs today. These include, but are not limited to:

When you offer someone you care about a path forward through detox or therapy, they can see that they have an opportunity to recover and achieve the type of lifestyle they desire without resorting to drugs and alcohol.

Find Your Way Forward at Lakeview Health

What will National Recovery Month mean to you? No matter where you are on the journey to healing and recovery from drug and alcohol use and mental health disorders, our team at Lakeview Health is here to help you. Reach out to our compassionate counselors to learn more about the ways we can support you through your long-term recovery. Contact Lakeview Health at 866.704.7692 or reach out to us online today.