It’s National Recovery Month again! Each September, millions of people across the country celebrate the annual observance in many ways, from concerts and walks to open houses and educational events.
Last year we had the ribbon cutting ceremony for our first facility in Roswell and had a great turnout with emphasis on the need for a variety of services for all communities. We have been fortunate to be able to help a lot of people in the past year, both through our program and connecting them up with other treatment centers, therapists, doctors, sober living communities, support groups and more.
The theme for Recovery Month 2018 is: Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community.
This is a great message, because investing in people is what this is all about. And it’s not “those people,” it’s our people. People in recovery come from all walks of life, they are us. There are a lot of other ways to invest than just financially, such as lending a voice, volunteering time, sharing resources, helping people find treatment, becoming a recovery advocate, and many more.
What is Recovery?
We like to look at recovery more in the true sense of the word. One of the most common definitions is: a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength. In other words, rather than subscribing to the idea that people should be labeled as addicts and alcoholics for the rest of their lives, that recognition of their ability to fully recover from their past behaviors should allow them to move beyond those identities.
This is one of the reasons why we developed Centered Recovery Meetings – to have another alternative to the traditional 12 step support groups that align more with these views on recovery.
However, as stated above, we believe there is a need for all types and methods of treatment and recovery programs, as one size definitely does not fit all people. If you would like to find some Recovery Month activities happening in your area, check out recoverymonth.gov. If you have a loved one with a substance abuse problem who is in need of help, contact us for more information about our program and other available resources.