Will You Celebrate National Recovery Month ~ 2014?

I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of time. Robert Browning

Do you welcome the autumn season?

It is a funny thing about the seasons. We all tend to have our favorites. Most of the time how we look forward to a season has more to do with our interests, our fond memories of childhood, our life experiences. For example, it could be you love to garden, so spring time brings you joy as the perennials start to bloom and the ground is calling you to plant some annuals. If swimming and boating brings you enjoyment, then summertime jumps to the top of your list. Those of us who have childhood memories of building snowmen or tobogganing can’t wait for the winter months. On the other hand negative childhood memories will make us dread certain seasons.

Autumn…is special for many people. The earth is very colorful in the autumn months and as Albert Camus once said “every leaf is a flower.” It is a time to harvest, a time to renew…a time for new beginnings.


National Recovery Month takes place in September…

September marks the beginning of autumn with the autumnal equinox occurring in September, this year on September 23rd. September is also the month when we celebrate National Recovery Month. And this year is a special year, as it marks the 25th Anniversary of National Recovery Month. Indeed this is a time to harvest and renew all that we have learned about recovery and to encourage continued research and thoughtful intervention.

Each September, thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and services around the country celebrate their successes and share them with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues in an effort to educate the public about recovery, how it works, for whom, and why. There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. These successes often go unnoticed by the broader population; therefore, Recovery Month provides a vehicle to celebrate these accomplishments.

Will you celebrate someone’s recovery this month?

Have you often tried to find a way to acknowledge how you felt about your loved one’s recovery? Maybe you wanted to send a card or just a quick email to honor their journey. The National Recovery Month’s website has a special section for just this purpose: Recovery Month e-cards.

Take a few minutes this month to speak up, reach out, find an event and join the voices for recovery.

Celebrate National Recovery Month 2013 – People Do Recover!

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.


 Recovery events…

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.

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