Today marks the start of National Recovery Month, an event started by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to promote awareness, involvement and education regarding drug and alcohol addiction recovery, and to empower communities and families to help their neighbors and loved ones stay clean and sober. The theme of this year’s National Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community, and, in a year in which overdose fatalities hit yet another record high, the importance of community involvement has never been more urgent. The good news is, everyone has the power to affect change and promote the National Recovery Month message.
What Can I Do?
If you need a jumping-off point to get involved in this year’s National Recovery Month, SAMHSA has provided a comprehensive tool kit and full array of promotional resources to help you get started. The month will be fully packed with events, rallies and seminars all over the country and you have an opportunity to host and promote your own event through social media and other avenues today. The process takes virtually no time at all and can give your event the exposure and attention it deserves, whether it’s a forum on how to stop meth in your community, a seminar of the impact of opioid addiction on families or any other addiction-related issue on which you’d like to shed further light.
If you’re more into doing your own thing, try doing smaller things like volunteering at non-profit events or simply educating yourself further about the addiction issues facing your community. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved and do your part in combatting what has become the leading public health issue in the country.
Why Should I Do Anything?
Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is hard and the most arduous wars are often fought in the home, neighborhood, workplace and community. Survivors of substance use disorder live their recovery on a day-by-day and minute-by-minute basis and they need people around them who are educated about the biology of their disease and, at the very least, understanding of how it affects their daily actions and vulnerability to relapse. Getting involved during National Recovery Month, and whenever possible, tells your loved one, friend, co-worker, waiter, tailor or anyone else you know who is in recovery that their lives have value and their problems are worth exploring. Recovery Unplugged encourages and challenges everyone to do what they can this year.