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National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to raise awareness about how substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. It is also a way to commemorate the progress that so many have made in their recovery. Recovery Month reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, and that treatment is effective.
Mental disorders involve changes in thinking, mood, and/or behavior. These disorders can affect how we relate to others and make choices. Mental disorders take many different forms, with some rooted in deep levels of anxiety, extreme changes in mood, or reduced ability to focus or behave appropriately. Others involve unwanted, intrusive thoughts and some may result in auditory and visual hallucinations or false beliefs about basic aspects of reality. Reaching a level that can be formally diagnosed often depends on a reduction in a person’s ability to function as a result of the disorder.
Substance use disorders occur when the recurrent use of alcohol and/or drugs causes clinically significant impairment, including health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home.
Too often it seems that the negative side of recovery is exposed, but there are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Since these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, Recovery Month provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate these accomplishments. Each September, tens of thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities around the country celebrate National Recovery Month. This is accomplished by sharing success stories with neighbors, friends, and colleagues. In doing so, everyone helps to increase awareness and furthers a greater understanding about the diseases of mental and substance use disorders.
This year marks the 27th annual National Recovery Month and focuses on the achievements of individuals who have reclaimed their lives in long-term recovery and honors the treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. The Recovery Month theme is carefully developed each year to invite individuals in recovery and their support systems to spread the message and share the successes of recovery.
Recovery is never the same for any two individuals, but what is always the same is that the individual decides he or she needs to take those first steps to recovery by choosing to tell someone and ask for help! Any recovery takes personal dedication as well a support system.
There are many programs and networks that range from inpatient residential treatment programs or rehabilitation, to therapy/consultation with counselors or clergy members. Medical professionals and support groups can help in developing positive, healthy methods of coping and can help an individual live a happy, addiction-free life.
September 2016 is National Recovery Month. For more information about Recovery Month, as well as for resources and treatment center locations click here.
Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews
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