Introduction – National Recovery Month
National Recovery Month is a beautiful time to take care of ourselves. It can be difficult, however, when it feels like our days are already so busy. We must find ways to take care of our physical needs and indulge in activities that bring us joy and peace. This blog post will provide you with ideas on how to spend this month in recovery mode without feeling too overwhelmed or stressed out!
What is National Recovery Month
National Recovery Month is an annual event in September to raise awareness about addiction, mental illness, and behavioral disorders. It was established to provide an opportunity for the public to show support for people with these conditions who are working for recovery. It also raises awareness of the need for treatment and recovery support services.
How National Recovery Month Started
National Recovery Month was established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2014. The purpose of this event is to promote strategies for health and wellness, reduce stigma around mental illness, and offer help for those suffering from addiction or mental illness.
How to Support National Recovery Month
One way to support National Recovery Month this October is to purchase a shirt from the NAMI store. These shirts are designed specifically for National Recovery Month and provide information about the cause. They’re available in both men’s and women’s styles with a variety of color schemes. All proceeds go to NAMI (who is 100% volunteer-run and donation-supported).
Why National Recovery Month is necessary
Every September, we celebrate National Recovery Month by raising awareness and educating others about the ongoing battle of addiction. It’s a month-long observation that’s been popular with employee assistance programs since the early 1970s.
Recovery Month is also a time when people can share their stories and promote recovery in their communities. Each September, more than 120 events are coordinated by NARB (National Association of Recovery Residences), a national membership organization for people in recovery and the professionals who serve them.
So why is National Recovery Month needed? For one thing, we need it because it needs to be recognized that addiction and substance abuse is not always associated with people who already have problems or disadvantages like poverty or unemployment. Research has shown that one in ten adults with criminal justice or mental health problems struggles with SUDs.
As well, it is crucial to be aware that recovery means different things to different people. For some, it implies abstinence from harmful substances and complete recovery from any resulting medical complications of their addiction. Others feel that the term ‘recovery’ only pertains to those who have successfully managed their addiction for five years or more. Then there is another group of individuals who have combined psychological therapy with a twelve-step program system to aid themselves during the journey towards achieving lasting sobriety.
It’s also necessary because so many private insurance companies aren’t yet providing coverage for long-term residential care some people need after they’ve finished a medically supervised detox. In some cases, it can be as long as 30 days if they struggle with dependency on opioids or alcohol.
Many people need supportive housing to meet their health and social needs if they are coming out of jail or drug treatment programs and trying to stay sober. Housing is essential because the number one reason for relapse with addiction is a lack of a stable domicile. Without adequate housing, many people end up back in prison, where they were first exposed to drugs and alcohol use.
What’s also needed is more funding for mental health services like counseling and peer support groups that provide education about addiction and offer connections with others who understand what recovering addicts experience every day of their lives.
National Recovery Month is also a time to shine a light on the many addiction programs that offer counseling and therapy at little or no cost. These services are essential for those who need coaching, support, and guidance as they try to build a new life without drugs or alcohol. What seems to work best is having someone who knows exactly what they’re going through available when they need it most. So many people have said that reaching out to a therapist saved their lives because it felt less intimidating than trying on their own first.
This is the perfect time to take stock of your recovery progress and recommit yourself for this new year. If you’re not sure where to start, consider these four steps:
1) Identify your triggers;
2) Take care of yourself;
3) Practice self-compassion;
4) Connect with others in recovery.
No matter what stage you are at on your journey, there is always more work to do, especially when taking care of ourselves during a complicated process like addiction recovery. But remember that no one does this alone—we can all help each other get through tough times by being mindful and present in our own lives while also reaching out for support from people who have been there before us or currently live in recovery.