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Join the Voices for Recovery: TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER

by Ashley Smith

September, the traditional end of summer. Football kicks off, kids go back to school, and the promise of cooler weather is suddenly within reach. Plenty of things to celebrate, right?  Well, there’s one more reason to kick up your heels, and that is the onset of SAMHSA’s National Recovery Month. You have heard of it, haven’t you? No? Really? Well, keep reading, because you’re going to like this.

SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a government group dedicated to reducing the impact of mental illness and substance abuse throughout America, sponsors the month of September as a time to celebrate successes in overcoming addiction.  Now in its thirtieth year, Recovery Month is celebrated throughout the nation at thousands of locations, and encourages participation by all members of the recovery community; those who have won their battle with addiction, their friends, family, and supporters, as well as first responders, medical professionals, treatment centers, counselors, and anyone else whose lives have been impacted by substance abuse.

The theme this year, “Join the Voices for Recovery: TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER”, acknowledges the value of a strong support structure in successfully overcoming addiction.

More than just a celebration, Recovery Month also carries the message to the public that the many Americans currently working their way through the recovery process are well on their way to regaining their ability to lead happy, healthy, rewarding lives. Lives that, while acknowledging the challenge of substance abuse, will not be defined by it.  The recovery community has every right to celebrate this victory and to share their stories of rising above, using their experience as a lesson to the American public, that addiction is not the end of the road.

Regardless of where you live, there’s probably an event near you. From Dallas, TX (the Big Texas Rally for Recovery), to Ketchikan, Alaska (Stomp the Stigma Recovery March and Resource Rally), to Lynnfield, Massachusetts (A Night of Hope), there’s an activity for everyone. I would encourage you to find an event on the National Recovery Month Website listing.  Participate by walking together, sharing stories, offering encouragement, and celebrating victory.

For anyone still working toward an addiction free lifestyle, Recovery Month activities offer opportunities to talk with counselors, medical professionals, and various treatment providers simply by attending one or more Recovery Month activities being held in your area.

Don’t find an event in your area?  Looking for a challenge? Want to give back to the recovery community? Consider becoming involved with a local organization to help host your own Recovery Month activity.  The SAHMSA Recovery Month website offers tips and guidelines for creating a Recovery Month celebration. On their website, you’ll find everything you need to create an event, from a list of questions to consider before you begin, to what to do after its all over with. Large or small, auditorium or backyard, its all about acknowledging success, as well as honoring those around you who supported, guided, and encouraged you when you needed it most.

Health Care Resource Centers encourages everyone to attend one (or two) Recovery Events. Inspire and be inspired. Celebrate!

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Health Care Resource Centers Clinical Team

Health Care Resource Centers Clinical Team

Health Care Resource Centers Clinical Team

The Clinical Team at Health Care Resource Centers is our team of physicians and medical directors within the organization. HCRC is a CARF accredited organization and has been providing addiction treatment services for over 32 years in the New England area.

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