Prevention Works – Treatment Is Effective – People Recover
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Recovery Month 2013 offers a simple, but strong message:
Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.
Yes, September is National Recovery Month and this will be the 24th year that SAMHSA has reached out to the recovery community and beyond to share the message of recovery and to praise those in recovery, those seeking recovery and the many people that work in the field of intervention and recovery treatment.
Together on the Pathways to Wellness
This year SAMHSA has outlined defined pathways to wellness and eight dimensions to wellness.
- Emotional: Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships;
- Environmental: Achieving good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being;
- Financial: Feeling satisfaction with current and future financial situations;
- Intellectual: Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills;
- Occupational: Obtaining personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work;
- Physical: Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep;
- Social: Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system; and
- Spiritual: Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life.
One of the fun and unique parts of National Recovery Month is that events are sponsored throughout the country to spread the lasting message of recovery. Actually, events are sponsored throughout the entire year. To see if there are events in your geographical area you can visit the “find an event page.”
For example, tonight, September 10, 2013, in the greater Los Angeles area it is the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Celebrate Recovery Night.
On October 9, 2013, 7:30PM there will be a screening of the new movie The Anonymous People. This screening will take place at Edwards Theaters Kaleidoscope Stadium 10, 27741 Crown Valley Pkwy, Mission Viejo, CA 92692, (949) 582-4078. You can learn about screenings in your region here.
The Anonymous People trailer…
If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can see it here.
Remember seeking help for someone with an addiction is one of the healthiest decisions you can make for yourself and for your loved one. Like many challenges in life, you were not meant to face this alone – here is a roadmap to how you can spark help and hope for you and the one suffering from alcoholism and addiction through initiating an intervention and drug treatment.