What Is National Recovery Month

What Is National Recovery Month

In September of this year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will once again be sponsoring its annual National Recovery Month. The SAMHSA event is entering its 24th year, and the theme of this year’s festivities will be “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together on Pathways to Wellness.” Nearly 500 separate events are planned throughout September in observance of the National Recovery Month, and all of them will be geared to promote messages in accordance with the theme of the event. The overarching purpose of the event is to promote all aspects of addressing the problem of substance abuse, including its:

  • Prevention
  • Treatment
  • Recovery

In the spirit of the “Join the Voices of Recovery” theme, SAMHSA and the participating organizations throughout the nation have the intention that that the event “celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible.” This is important, in light of the fact that many people who suffer from substance abuse disorders or addiction to drugs or alcohol give up any hope of ever being able to overcome their problems and make a fresh start in life. SAMHSA’s goal in September is to instill hope that something can be done about the problem of addiction.

Why SAMHSA Promotes National Recovery Month

Over the course of nearly a quarter century, the National Recovery Month has been carrying messages similar to the one planned for the 2013 event. The people responsible for carrying out the goals of the federal administration recognize full well just what an enormous challenge many people face when working to get clean and sober. Drug rehab, in fact, is viewed by many people as being ineffective. The results of the various rehab programs around the nation are unpredictable, and to make matters worse most programs do not release statistical information concerning their effectiveness. There are many different approaches to treatment, some of which work better than others, and many people end up in the wrong program for them, one which does not appropriately address their unique needs. Consequently, many people who are struggling with addiction have the idea that there is no way out, whether they have tried rehab without success or have simply heard too many bad things about the experience. The fact is that there are many effective drug rehab programs, and it is possible to overcome addiction and to move forward into a future of sobriety and happiness.

Narconon and National Recovery Month

Narconon centers around the United States recognize that the goals of the National Recovery Month are directly in line with their own purposes, and they routinely conduct activities and events to participate in the observances. For example, a 2010 report discussed the fact that Narconon centers were holding Friday night graduation ceremonies at which individuals who had recently completed the rehab program had the opportunity to share their own stories of success in overcoming addiction. This year, the Narconon Freedom Center, located in southern Michigan, has announced its own plans to participate in National Recovery Month in a number of ways, including drug prevention education, celebrations for current students at the Freedom Center, and sharing success stories and testimonials from program graduates and their family members. Narconon centers such as the Freedom Center and others around the nation are known for having some of the highest success rates in terms of getting people of drugs and alcohol and rehabilitating them so that they will remain sober, and they have long lists of past clients who have turned their lives around through the program. National Recovery Month offers these organizations an opportunity to promote what they do on a regular basis; specifically, giving addicts and their families hope that something can be done about substance abuse and addiction, and providing the effective solutions these people so dearly need.
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