Millions of people across the U.S. are victims of substance abuse. Millions of others are recovering drug addicts and alcoholics, looking to get clean and better their lives. This September is National Recovery Month, a month dedicated to honoring those who have repaired their lives, helping those who are still recovering and educating people about how they can be a positive influence in an addict's life.
There are many ways you can observe National Recovery Month. Here are three ways anyone can participate in the occasion.
1. Have an Alcohol-free September
What better way to celebrate your friend's sobriety than to abstain from drinking alcohol this September? For those who have been sober for awhile, it's the perfect way to commemorate their new lifestyle. For those who are seeking treatment, your actions can be a show of support. You can also form a support group by encouraging other friends or family members to go alcohol-free in September.
2 . Get outside
Take a hike, climb a mountain, go swimming! Celebrate your sobriety or someone else's by getting some fresh air and enjoying your new active lifestyle. You could even start your own hiking group and lead trips for substance abuse victims or those who are or have recovered.
You could plan a hiking trip a couple of times a month and in September throw a large camping trip or outing for people to come together. At the event, invite speakers to both educate, tell stories and bring further awareness to the disease.
3. Join a group
While we suggested you form your own group of friends and family to show support this September, you could also join one of your own. Many towns across America have support and volunteer groups that fundraise, put on parades, educate or speak to people about the effects of substance abuse. Joining a group can help you give back.
If you're not sure how to start, think about calling your town hall, local church or schools in your area for suggestions. You could also visit one of the many substance abuse websites for ideas.
If you know someone who is struggling with addiction, call Fairwinds Treatment Center in Clearwater, Florida today. Led by Dr. M.K (Khal) El-Yousef, the center has been diagnosing and treating patients for over 25 years by using a dual diagnosis approach. The center's full-time staff of psychiatrists, nurses and licensed therapists use this method to first understand the root of a disease, so they can then use therapeutic counseling and clinical practices to treat it.