September is a special time for those in recovery. It is known as National Recovery Month. This month is a time to reflect on your accomplishments. Recovery should no longer be hidden in the shadows. September gives you a chance to be grateful for your sobriety. National Recovery Month also honors those recovery service providers and addiction treatment specialists as well. SAMHSA is the sponsor of Recovery Month.
What is SAMHSA?
You may have heard the name, but what is SAMHSA? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration was established in 1992. It is a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is in charge of improving the availability and quality of rehabilitative treatments in the United States. Substance abuse and mental illness are all covered under these treatment programs. SAMHSA also provides addiction education and support for those families dealing with these issues. The national headquarters for SAMHSA is located in Rockville, Maryland.
SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month every year. This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community”. The theme shows that a strong community, sense of purpose, integrated care, and leadership all play an important role in recovery.
How to Celebrate Sobriety
There are many ways to mark your sobriety. Here are a few ideas to celebrate Recovery Month.
1. Find a local SAMHSA event
SAMHSA has many events listed on their website. You can search and find one in your area. These events can help teach others about recovery efforts in the community. If there are no activities in your area, you can always go ahead and organize one yourself. You can promote your event to show how recovery is beneficial to the local neighborhood.
2. Get out and talk to others
Long ago, talking about addiction recovery was only mentioned in whispered conversations. Fortunately, we have moved away from that mindset. Everyone can benefit from having a simple conversation. You never know if someone close to you may be struggling as well. The first step is to always acknowledge that help is not far away. A conversation might help someone else start their own path to recovery.
Recovery Month is the perfect time to share your own story. It is a chance to connect with others on a personal level. Digital and social media have made it easier than ever to share with others. There are even blogs and websites that welcome stories from those in long-term recovery. These shared journeys are important to the process of recovery. Shared experiences can bring us together and help strengthen each other.
3. Reach out to the media
Many people are not aware of Recovery Month. Now is the perfect time to reach out to the media for an interview. You could even write a piece and submit it to your local newspaper. This is the moment for you. Let others know why September is an important time for those in recovery. The more people who know about addiction education, the more they will be willing to help. When communities rally around those in need, people will be stronger and healthier.
Now is the time to celebrate Recovery Month by educating others. SAMHSA has a toolkit available on their website. You can download it and help inform those around you about Recovery Month. The toolkit includes facts, statistics, an event and media guide, and frequently asked questions about this time of year. Not only can you help educate others, but you might learn a few things too. If you have a lingering question about your recovery process, this is the month to find out. Addiction recovery is constantly changing and there are many ways to help. September is the month to take your new knowledge in the world and celebrate.
If you’ve wondered how to celebrate sobriety, you now have a few ideas. National Recovery Month is a time to celebrate and reflect on your own personal journey. It takes a whole community to achieve this important step. When everyone is fully engaged, your local neighborhood can be a healthier place. Recovery is not something to hide away. It should be seen as an important step for everyone in the community.