This September, substance use treatment professionals, individuals who have successfully gone through treatment and friends or family of recovered addicts are celebrating National Recovery Month. Celebrated every year for the past 27 years, this year’s theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery! to celebrate the integral role that family member play in the success of alcohol abuse, substance use, and mental disorder recoveries. Throughout the nation, hundreds of individuals are sharing their personal stories of recovery, and dozens of rehab and treatment facilities are sponsoring special events.

[su_note note_color=”#F0F0F0″]Recovery Month began in 1989 and was originally called Treatment Works! Month. As such, it really only celebrated the work of substance abuse treatment specialists. In 1998, the name was changed to National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month before getting its new name in 2011 and being changed to include those who have recovered from mental disorders or substance abuse.[/su_note]

Treatment & Recovery After Addiction

Many diseases are remembered in the United States throughout the year, such as various types of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Proponents of National Recovery Month believed that the successes of substance use treatment specialists, as well as those patients who had successfully made it through treatment, should be celebrated in much the same way. The month also helps to reinforce the idea that behavioral and mental health is just as important as physical health is. It emphasizes substance abuse prevention as well as up-and-coming treatments.

Those who are interested in joining in this celebration are invited to head online where they will find a wide variety of resources on the RecoveryMonth.gov Website. They can find official banners, logos, and flyers to be able to promote the month throughout their communities and can also search for Recovery Month events across the country.

[su_note note_color=”#F0F0F0″]At First Step Recovery Center, our goal is to provide individualized care to our patients to lead them out of substance and alcohol abuse and on to living full and successful lives. Our treatment specialists can prescribe behavioral health programs, group therapies, and medications if needed. We are proud of our many past successful treatments and of our patients who have reached full recovery, and we celebrate each of these successes this month.[/su_note]