National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.
Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. This observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.
There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Since these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, Recovery Month allows everyone to celebrate these accomplishments. Each September, tens of thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities around the country celebrate Recovery Month. They speak about strides made by those in recovery and share their success stories with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues. In doing so, everyone helps to increase awareness and foster a greater understanding of mental and substance use disorders.
“For more than twenty years, I struggled with substance use disorder and mental health. I genuinely did not realize others go through this too. Reaching out for help was the most challenging and significant thing I ever did. I found that I was not alone and worked with others who had experience in recovery,” said Mark Mathews, Peer Recovery Support Specialist at Greater Family Health.
Each year, Recovery Month selects a new focus and theme to spread the message and share success stories of treatment and recovery. The 2022 Recovery Month observance will work to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a solid and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make a recovery in all its forms possible.
Recovery Month will continue to educate others about substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders, the effectiveness of treatment and recovery services, and that recovery is possible. All of us, from celebrities and sports figures to our co-workers, neighbors, friends, and family members, have experienced peaks and valleys, both big and small. However, we are resilient with strength, support, and hope from the people we love.
Greater Family Health is proud to have a qualified team with years of experience that is here to walk with you and your loved one on the journey to recovery. Greater Family Health’s Substance Use Disorder services include Medication Assisted Treatment, PEER Recovery, and SMART Recovery services.
“One of the greatest honors I have had in the work I do for my peers is holding onto hope and helping them to see that they are filled with skills and potential and that they can determine what their life will look like once they have recovered,” said Mathews, “I do not think my healing would have been possible without peer support. I needed support from people who understood. I needed to share my story with others who experienced similar things. The power of peer support is priceless in my journey. I want that for everyone,” he concluded.
To see a Substance Use Services provider or to learn more, please call 844.599.3700.