September is National Recovery Month, which is an annual observance that aims to educate people about the the fact that people all over America have been able to successfully recover from addiction and mental health issues. Highlighting these accomplishments are many examples of people who have overcome behavioral health problems to go on and life healthy, happy and rewarding lives.
Advocates all over the country assist in raising awareness and celebrating recovery through talks, walks, rallies, rides and more. There are over 900 registered events already listed at the Recovery Month website. Also displayed are more than 50 proclamations recognizing September 2014 as Recovery Month.
Now in its 25th year, Recovery Month continues to be one of the largest observances for the substance abuse and mental health field. There are more than 200 groups that make up the Recovery Month Planning Partners, which include government agencies, non-profit organizations and other associations. They assist in not only the planning and development, but also the creation and dissemination of promotional materials to assist event organizers around the country.
Many people in the behavioral health field believe it is important to highlight successful recovery and continue striving to improve treatments for individuals. However, in order for some people to get on the road to recovery, their friends and family members should recognize the problem and seek appropriate intervention help. Sometimes it just takes that first step to wind up completely changing someone’s life.