Recovery Month celebrates the achievements of people in recovery from addiction, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.
Each September, National Recovery Month works to promote new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.
Recovery Month is also an important reminder that the addiction crisis is far from over. Tens of thousands of people die from the disease of addiction each year. Drug overdose deaths increased again in 2019 in the United States, according to new preliminary data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in July. The CDC predicts that the final count for 2019 will be close to a record 72,000 overdose deaths, while 2020 is widely expected to exceed even that number because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The theme for this year’s National Recovery Month is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections.” Addiction is frequently driven by intense stress, trauma, extended periods of anxiety, prolonged grief—and disconnection! “Loneliness hangs over our culture today like a thick smog,” wrote Johan Hari in his 2018 book Lost Connections in which he sought to uncover “the real causes” of depression. Elsewhere, Hari provocatively stated that “'the opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.”
In order to help raise awareness of recovery-related issues, the federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers four webinars during Recovery Month:
- “Integration of Medication-Assisted Treatment in Treatment and Recovery Support” on Sep 3 at 1:30 PM (ET)
- “Transforming Lives Through Supported Employment” on Sep 10 at 1:30 PM (ET)
- “Communities Supporting Recovery” on Sep 17 at 1:30 PM (ET)
- “The Importance of Integrating Recovery Support Services: The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Model” on Sep 24 at 1:30 PM (ET)
Recovery from addiction is possible. Millions of lives in America have been transformed through recovery. Unfortunately, these successes in the battle against addiction often go unnoticed. Recovery Month gives everybody a chance to celebrate these accomplishments. Each September, prevention, treatment, recovery programs, and facilities around the country celebrate Recovery Month, speaking out about the gains made by those in recovery and share their success stories with neighbors, friends, and colleagues. Everyone can help raise awareness and improve understanding of mental health issues and substance use disorders.
The Farley Center continues to help people with SUD and has implemented new policies and procedures, including a new visitor policy, increased housekeeping services to ensure surfaces are disinfected several times a day, the use of masks and other personal protective equipment when appropriate, and physical distancing.
People in active addiction ready to go into recovery should not delay seeking treatment for their disease. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance misuse but you are unsure what addiction treatment services are available during the COVID-19 pandemic, please contact The Farley Center at 800.582.6066 to find out about your options.