Every September is National Recovery Month. And across the United States the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) seeks to increase understanding of mental health and substance abuse to citizens.
The goal of National Recovery Month is to also celebrate those individuals who are in recovery for a mental health or addiction disorder.
OneEighty and other groups across Wayne County and Holmes County that help individuals with recovery for mental health or substance abuse will join along with SAMHSA to spread awareness about these afflictions.
The theme for the 2018 Recovery Month is “Join the Voices of Recovery: Invest in Health, Home Purpose, and Community.”
In keeping with this theme, we are seeking to explore how integrated care, a strong sense of purpose and community, plus leadership can contribute to treating those persons who struggle with substance use disorder or mental health issues. Too often, these two issues work in tandem and people who struggle with mental health issues turn to illicit substances to cope with their mental health disorder.
One key way to engage with National Recovery Month is to understand that if you know someone who struggles with substance abuse or mental health, you should treat the situation delicately.
There are ways to get an individual help for a mental health disorder or to treat an addiction. It’s natural to be afraid to confront them or to simply brush the issue under the rug. But it is also important to not confront your loved one in such a way that it starts an argument.
If you have a friend or loved one who struggles with substance abuse or a mental health disorder, refer to this link for further assistance and resources.
You can also reach out to us at OneEighty for help finding appropriate addiction services or mental health services.
It’s important to remember that people who struggle with mental health or addiction issues can get help and thrive in recovery. All it takes is some education and positive support systems!