21 Sep Why YOU Should Celebrate Recovery
This month, drug and alcohol programs and communities throughout the country have participated events and activities to celebrate recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Those that don’t understand recovery may not understand why this is significant and beneficial to the country as a whole.
For newer people in recovery, long-term sobriety seems like an impossible feat. Even just staying abstinent for the remainder of the day can be overwhelming. Seeing others celebrate recovery milestones and anniversaries helps enforce the fact that sobriety can recovery can be attainable and that there is hope.
For the past 25 years, SAMHSA and the U.S. Department of Health have spearheaded making September a month to celebrate recovery by spreading drug awareness and prevention. This month, the country is encouraged to hold a nationwide observance of addiction recovery. Recovery Month focuses on championing prevention and drug addiction treatment, and showing the country that recovery is possible and attainable.
Long-term sobriety was a concept I couldn’t wrap my head around when I was new. I didn’t want to stop using and drinking but I also didn’t want what I had for a life. I saw others who had similar or worse experiences than me celebrate milestones and saw how their lives had changed. There was hope. They showed me the path they had walked, I just had to follow their steps and it worked. – Josh Feldman, CADC I
Celebrating recovery is truly a celebration of life for those struggling with alcoholism or drug addiction. In fact, it’s not uncommon for an individual’s family and friends to celebrate one’s recovery with them. Addiction affects the individual, their loved ones and that person’s role in the community.
As more state judicial systems are learning, court mandated drug programs are having a stronger impact than incarceration. Men and women ordered to participate in drug recovery programs in lieu of serving time in custody have a better chance of receiving drug treatment and support. This results in less state-funding going to correctional facilities and more importantly, more members taking an active role participating in their community.
Most recovering addicts and alcoholics reintegrate themselves back into social, occupational and/or academic settings as a result of getting sober. Most take on spiritual practices and participate in healthy and productive activities instead of self-destructive behaviors they once exhibited. This is certainly something worth celebrating!
Recovery Month definitely hits a soft spot for me. I was one of those people who was far from a participating member in society. My lifestyle was fueled by addiction and destructive behaviors prior to getting sober. Recognizing the journey and process one experiences addressing alcoholism and addiction, it’s inspiring to see others not just abstaining from substances, but changing their lives. My hope is that others recognize the significance of addiction recovery and why we all benefit from celebrating recovery.
For more information on Recovery Month and how you can celebrate recovery in your community, visit SAMHSA today.