Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration commemorates National Recovery Month. 2019 marks the 30th annual such observance, which reminds Americans that it’s possible for people to learn to manage a substance addiction and go on to live a happy, healthy life. The goal of Recovery Month is to spread the positive message that addiction is a disease people can learn to overcome with the right tools.
By celebrating the triumphs of the millions of Americans living in recovery, Recovery Month goes a step beyond educating the nation on the benefits of addiction treatment. The path to sobriety is not easy or straight, and those who walk it every day deserve well-earned recognition for their accomplishments, both large and small.
Why Should We Spotlight Addiction and Recovery?
From coast to coast, millions of people struggle with addiction. According to SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 21.5 million people aged 12 or older have suffered from a substance use disorder. Drug overdose – particularly from opioids – is now the top cause of accidental death in the United States.
Tragically, these are only two of the many sobering statistics regarding addiction that have come to light in recent years. Recovery Month sparks the public conversation around addiction and recovery. Crucially, Recovery Month drives home the understanding that recovery is possible through qualified treatment, and that the battle against addictive behavior is winnable.
The Importance of National Recovery Month
Unfortunately, addiction is an illness surrounded by stigma. People often assume addicts are weak-willed or immoral, which couldn’t be further from the truth. The lack of understanding surrounding addiction and what treatment entails can, sadly, discourage people from seeking the treatment they so desperately need.
To make recovery attainable, we must first be able to talk candidly about addiction, treatment and recovery. National Recovery Month is the ideal opportunity to break through the shame surrounding addiction with your family, friends, co-workers and anyone else you can think of. By starting the conversation free of stereotypes or prejudice, you might even encourage people who have been silently struggling with an addiction to move toward getting help.
The hope and promise of National Recovery Month don’t end on Sept. 30. Through educational resources, SAMHSA aims to provide our nation with a supply of knowledge we can use to increase public awareness and help reshape the conversation surrounding addiction and treatment all year long.
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At Canyon Crossing, we love seeing our clients and their families celebrating National Recovery Month. Though their stories can be a sad reminder of how devastating addiction can be, they also serve as uplifting examples of the healing that can occur with substance misuse treatment and recovery. Because of this, we invite our alumni to share their successes with others.
If we want to put an end to the tragedies addiction can cause, we must flip the script on the way we talk about treatment and recovery. This Recovery Month, take the opportunity to celebrate your successes in sobriety. Learn more about addiction as a disease and how treatment can be beneficial. Don’t be ashamed to speak up about your experiences with addiction – you never know who may need to hear your story.
Are you ready to seek treatment for your substance misuse disorder and get your life moving in a positive direction? At Canyon Crossing, we offer programs designed to help you break free from your addiction. Take the first step in your new life and contact us today.