Why do we even need a National Recovery Month?
Because of this:
- The heavy consumption of alcohol is on the rise. Binge drinking is up. With these increases in drinking also goes liver disease, many forms of cancer, and risk of vehicle accidents1.
- Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S.
- Drug use spreads diseases like HIV and hepatitis C virus.
- We’re in the middle of an opioid epidemic. Abuse and its consequences are on the rise.
- Prescription pain reliever overdose deaths among women increased more than 400% and 237% among men from 1999 to 2010. In the last few years heroin overdose deaths have tripled among women2.
- From 1998 to 2008 sales of prescription pain relievers and the overdose death rate both rose by a rate of 400%2.
- Of heroin users, four of five started out misusing prescription painkillers2.
- 5 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem3.
- People do recover from addiction disorders and can go on to lead full and productive lives.
For these reasons National Recovery Month celebrates the lives of people who are working to reclaim their lives from substance abuse and addiction. It offers an opportunity to praise not only those who do the hard work battling their addictions, it also pays tribute to those who treat and support them. The important work of these supporters often goes unnoticed. National Recovery Month provides a way to celebrate these accomplishments.
But more than a celebration, Recovery Month also has an agenda:
To raise awareness about those who suffer with substance abuse, while noble and vital, is not enough. This celebration is also about encouraging all of us to take action to expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those who need them. Too many are in need of addiction treatment and don’t get it: For those needing treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem, only 11.2% were able to get it at a specialized facility4.
For those who pursue recovery, they will find that the experience is about much more than just the individual; it is also a community that includes crucial support from family, friends, professionals, mentors, and sober communities. All have a vital role to play.
For recovery, two things are essential:
One is hope.
For recovery, hope is the bedrock. Without it, without a real desire to recover and the belief that a better life is possible, there is no motivation. And without motivation there will be no meaningful action taken.
The other is support.
To highlight the importance of this support is this year’s theme for National Recovery Month – “Join the Voices for Recovery: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery!” This theme will highlight the importance of supportive individuals by encouraging them to share their stories of recovery. In this process these individuals can help others make a personal connection with the recovery movement. Through support hope emerges. Support will also help sustain the individual when they waver – and even when they fall.
In recovery, connection is everything. By fostering hope and vigilance, even with the ups and downs that are inevitable on the road to recovery, recovery can move into a state of sustainability – and a life with a future.
National Recovery Month can be a part of that connection.
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