If you ever spend time with someone who is recovering from a substance use or mental health disorder, you may notice they often radiate a sense of joy and peace no matter what they have been through. It is an alluring love of living life well.
There is good news: This joy is available for every person, family, and community. September is an excellent opportunity to experience this way of life, as the recovery community comes together to celebrate the miracle of recovery.
In 1989, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) launched National Recovery Month to increase awareness surrounding mental health and substance-use disorders. At the same time, they wanted to celebrate the success stories to illustrate that living in recovery is possible.
Because the miracle of recovery is for everyone, we all have important roles to play to create a supportive culture. Most of us know someone living in recovery; ask how you can celebrate this time with them. They’ll be grateful you did.
If you are interested in taking an active role in strengthening the community, there are many organizations working to end the stigma surrounding behavioral health disorders. Volunteering your time and talents with a local group can make a significant difference in many lives.
Finally, if you or a loved one is struggling, please reach out for help. Find a trusted friend, family member, professional, or religious leader who can offer perspective and support. Do not delay. Make the call, or visit our website at rosecrance.org.
And please, know that life is waiting.
David Gomel, PhD
President and CEO
Rosecrance Health Network