Anyone impacted by addiction will tell you that recovery should be celebrated. That’s why it’s so important that we take time out to recognize that September is National Recovery Month.
National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.– The Association for Addiction Professionals
When someone recovers from cancer, surgery, or other physical medical conditions, it’s only natural that we celebrate. The same could be said of those with a history of substance abuse or mental health challenges. Recovery is recovery. Isn’t that worth celebrating?
Seeing That Progress Is Progress
When it comes to recovery, everyone’s journey will look a bit different.
- Separate motivations
- Diverse support systems
- Different paths to treatment
- Various treatment options
- Fluctuating progress
During September, we take time out to recognize any and all movement toward recovery. Some steps will be big. Some will seem small. It all adds up, and it should all be commemorated.
Spreading Awareness During National Recovery Month
Addiction doesn’t look the same for everyone. While depictions in TV and Hollywood movies may characterize the addicted in stereotypical ways, often making them seem wild, dirty, or crazed, anyone who’s been walking alongside a friend, family member, or loved one through addiction knows that this isn’t always the case.
People battling addiction and living in recovery
- Can hold jobs (even good jobs)
- Take care of themselves and others
- Drive, pay rent, and file their taxes
- Work out at the gym, shop at the store, and visit amusement parks
While the depths of addiction can indeed prove dire, National Recovery Month is the perfect time to help spread awareness about the path to recovery and what living in recovery can look like.
Not only does this give those in recovery a chance to look back and marvel at how far they’ve come, but it can also provide hope and a positive example for others who are just starting out on their recovery journeys.
Celebrating National Recovery Month With Your Loved One
If your friend, family member, or loved one has made progress in their recovery, it’s appropriate to celebrate with them in September. The closer your relationship, the better you’ll be able to determine how best to do that.
For those who are new to the concept, here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Educate yourself and others. Reading up on addiction and recovery and sharing what you’ve learned with others can help break cycles in families and communities.
- Send a card or letter. Give your loved one something tangible in writing that they can hold onto. Tell them how much their recovery means to you, and encourage them to keep up the good work.
- Host a gathering. “Parties” can be tricky for those in recovery. However, hosting a nice meal or some other type of gathering in which to celebrate progress can prove meaningful.
As your loved one continues in recovery, these moments of celebration and commemoration can create wonderful, positive memories. Thus, comforting and encouraging them for many years to come.
Reminding People They Are Not Alone During National Recovery Month
Though sometimes recovery can feel like a lonely business, it’s important to remember that no one on this journey is truly alone. Millions have gone through the recovery process and are now on the other side, and many others are still walking the path of recovery.
Celebrations, both individual and communal, are important rituals that remind people they are not alone in this.
Fairwinds Treatment Center Can Help
Fairwinds Treatment Center is here to help those who are struggling with addiction to get their life back on track. If you are seeking treatment for addiction or have further questions about our services, please feel free to contact us at any time.
We look forward to hearing from you!