National Recovery Month 2016
September has arrived. For some, it signifies the end of the Summer and the typical “vacation” coming to an end. It signifies new beginnings. The Fall encroaches as people are catapulted out of Labor Day weekend into a vocational frenzy. For those of us at MOAR, along with many others, it’s roaring Recovery!
September is National Recovery Month, a time to celebrate ALL that is Recovery.
The seed for what is now Recovery Month was conceptualized in 1988 on the eve of the birth of the first drug court in the US. The professionalization of the field came to fruition upon the formation of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. You can review a timeline of the first twenty years here.
Today, Recovery from addiction and mental health disorders is a daily topic on the evening news as well as social media and millions of news feeds across the world wide web. Slowly, but surely, discrimination regarding addiction and mental health is being broken down thanks to people like you exhibiting courage and resilience while practicing gratitude for newfound realities.
So what does this mean for you? Do you know anyone who has stopped using alcohol or other drugs? Tobacco? What is their life like now after entering recovery as opposed to when they were using? What about their health? Improved? Their complexion might have cleared up. Their skin returned to its natural tone which now illuminates the fresh smiles upon their face.
This is the opportune moment where you commend that person for their courage to foster such change. Let them know how their commitment has changed the lives of others, spread smiles on to faces and warmed hearts everywhere.
Look around you. Unfortunately, we’re at a point in history where it is more likely that you know someone who has some kind of issue with substances than not. Whether it is the person who holds the door for you at the bank, a co-worker’s mate or a loved one of your own, imagine a day when that person finds recovery, or in the words of William White, “when recovery finds them!”.
Celebrate the people in your life in Recovery! Let them know how proud you are to be in their life. If you know they’re involved in the recovery community, ask them if you can accompany them to an event. If you’re not sure, find an event in your community and invite them. Know someone who could use a hand? Share what you’re doing with them. It might just be the inspiration they need!
Maybe I’ll see you at the MOAR Recovery March on the 14th or at Recovery Rocks! Event at Ingleside Park in Winthrop on the 24th. Recovery does not discriminate. It’s available to everyone! September is the perfect month to SHOUT ABOUT IT! Being living proof myself, I know I will.