Each September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental health conditions and substance use disorders and to celebrate individuals living in recovery. This year’s Recovery Month observance focuses on urban communities, healthcare providers, members of the media, and policymakers, highlighting the various entities that support recovery within our society.
It Takes a Village
The 2018 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contribute to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
This year’s Recovery Month also aims to increase awareness and encourage audiences to take advantage of the increased dialogue around behavioral health needs and the increased emphasis on tackling our nation’s opioid crisis.
According to the US Department of Health & Human Services, 116 people died every day from opioid-related drug overdoses, and 2.1 million people had an opioid use disorder in 2016. An estimated 170,000 Americans used heroin for the first time that year. We all have to work together to fight this epidemic.
What You Can Do
Recovery Month will highlight inspiring stories that help thousands of people from all walks of life find a path to hope, health, and wellness. Alumni of rehab programs and other people in recovery are invited to help raise awareness by sharing their stories. People in recovery should be celebrating their success. Sharing their stories in projects like Voices for Recovery will help educate the public about addiction treatment, how it works, for whom, and why. These success stories go unnoticed too often, and Voices for Recovery aims to change that.
The behavioral health community is called to work together with individuals, families, organizations, and other municipal partners to ensure mental and substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery programs are well established, promoted, and available in their areas.
If you think you may require addiction treatment, don’t delay seeking help. Call The Farley Center at Williamsburg Place in Virginia to find out what treatment options are available. Recovery from a severe substance use disorder requires a medically supervised detox and comprehensive addiction treatment to address all the patient’s needs. The multidisciplinary team at Farley includes an addiction medicine physician, an addiction psychiatrist, psychologists, licensed clinicians, and nurses to give patients the best possible start into a successful recovery from addiction.