This September marks National Recovery Month 2020, and it’s no stretch to say that we need events like this more than ever. 2020 has been…a lot. In the midst of a global health crisis, boiling social unrest and bitterly divided ideologies that are more apparent than ever, one the most glaring casualties of the year has been the very concept of human connection. This war on closeness has been especially devastating to the recovery community, a population where so many people depend on being able to connect with each other and comfortably share experiences, exchange support and come together. Relapses and overdose deaths continue to rise as people remain uncertain regarding how to seek and maintain recovery without these connections.
As Recovery Unplugged celebrates and observes National Recovery Month 2020, it’s little surprise that we find this year’s theme to be Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections. Formerly spearheaded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Recovery Month messaging, now in its 31st year, has been ceded to veteran addiction awareness and advocacy organization Faces & Voices of Recovery.
Recovery and connection to others go hand in hand. You work closely with your care providers, you build your sober community and social support system, and you rely on closeness with other people to get you through vulnerable periods. The COVID-19 pandemic has jeopardized all of this, but it doesn’t have to take it away. As the recovery community and its allies celebrate the connections we make in sobriety during National Recovery Month 2020, we want to urge everyone struggling to navigate these barriers created by the pandemic that there are ways to stay in touch with your support system without physical contact. Video conferencing, phone calls, social media and other types of safe-distance communication will help us stay connected and in each other’s thoughts, prayers and lives until the worst of the pandemic is behind us.
We also want to let everyone know that, even though things may look a little different these days, we’re committed to providing the same quality, comprehensive treatment that has helped so many find their way to recovery, lasting mental health and a better tomorrow. Here’s how you can get involved in Recovery Month 2020. Remember, maybe now more than ever, we’re all in this together.