Recovery Month in Full Swing

25threcoverymonthSeptember 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.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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