While the road to recovery is often compared to a tunnel that individuals must follow until they reach the light on the other side, the road to recovery is often a winding one with paths as unique as those who walk it.
At Riverside Recovery of Tampa, we understand that not everyone takes the same path toward recovery. Nearly 75% of our staff have walked the path ourselves, which gives us a deeper understanding and empathy for those seeking treatment. That is also why the team at Riverside Recovery places an increased emphasis on National Recovery Month.
National Recovery Month is an opportunity each September to celebrate the many people who have been able to live healthy and rewarding lives after recognizing a mental illness or substance use disorder. According to the latest data from the Center for Disease Control, an estimated 22 million Americans are currently in recovery. This year, National Recovery Month will take place throughout the month of September with events scheduled all around America that are designed for those living in recovery and their loved ones.
We encourage everyone who has been affected to learn more about recovery resources available to you or a loved one currently struggling with addiction, substance abuse, or mental health disorders.
What is National Recovery Month?
National Recovery Month was created 31 years ago by President Ronald Reagan and has since grown into one of the largest health awareness campaigns on behalf of those suffering from both mental illnesses like depression, anxiety disorders, and schizophrenia, but also addiction and substance abuse problems which often coexist alongside these types of diseases.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), one of many government agencies that try to provide support to those in need, continues this mission each year with the annual event. The vision of National Recovery Month is to create a renewed focus on the continued expansion and promotion of mental health, substance abuse prevention, and treatment.
Various organizations such as Riverside Recovery host outreach programs geared towards educating individuals about what they can do if someone close to them suffers from a mental illness or addiction and what they can do to help prevent the onset of an illness. During this month, organizations also provide support for those who are in recovery from a substance abuse disorder, mental health problem, or even marijuana addiction.
National Recovery Month recognizes all the people who have been able to live healthy and rewarding lives after recovering from drug or alcohol addiction and those who are currently undergoing addiction and substance abuse treatment.
How Can You Celebrate National Recovery Month?
Whether you have already walked the path to recovery or are ready to take those all-important first steps, National Recovery Month is the time for providing praise and encouragement.
Here are four ways to celebrate National Recovery Month:
Share Your Personal Story
Even something as simple as sharing your own personal story with someone who is struggling might be the motivation they need to seek help for themselves.
Use Social Media
Social media is another way to spread a message of recovery during this month. Share your encouragement, personal success story, and treatment resources using hashtags like #recovery, #RecoveryWorks, or #Soberlife or just one word that describes what the addiction means to you.
Join a Supportive Community
Become a part of a community that supports recovery from addiction. Consider continuing treatment in a group therapy session or join other groups where you can share your personal experiences and help others with the insights you have gained through the recovery process.
Begin Recovery Now
It is also important to practice self-care. National Recovery Month is a great time to remember to take care of your own health, mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Start Your Path to Recovery Today
If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction, know that there are people here at Riverside Recovery of Tampa who understand. During the month of September, Riverside Recovery will host events that allow you or a loved one to explore treatment options available at our world-class facilities on the peaceful waterfront of Tampa.
So if you or a loved one are considering taking those first steps along the path to recovery, there is no better time to learn more about treatment options and begin recovery than during National Recovery Month.