The daily headlines about the opioid epidemic are tragic and overwhelming. And the numbing news onslaught rarely even includes the other epidemic, alcoholism, which accounts for more than double the deaths each year than those from opioids.
But the disease of addiction doesn't claim everyone it touches. Millions of Americans who once suffered from substance use disorder (SUD) have achieved recovery and gone on to completely transform their lives. These inspiring stories are common, and they don't get nearly the attention they deserve.
National Recovery Month aims to change that balance. Every September, Recovery Month provides a platform to celebrate those who have achieved recovery and to offer awareness and hope around SUD and mental health.
Sponsored by SAMHSA for 29 years, Recovery Month highlights the power of addiction treatment and mental health services to help people lead healthy, rewarding lives.
This year, the theme of Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community. The message is that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.
"The 2018 Recovery Month theme explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders," SAMHSA states. The organization also intends for the national focus on recovery to galvanize action to expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.
CleanSlate joins hands with leaders in addiction treatment and mental health services across America to celebrate Recovery Month and promote a message about working together to beat SUD.
Every day, our staff at 47 outpatient addiction medicine centers helps patients with opioid use disorder and alcohol use disorder achieve recovery. We do this through medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and a continuum of care to address all barriers to recovery. And every day, we see remarkable experiences of healing that keep us going in our mission to be Warriors of Hope.
Throughout September, we'll be sharing these promising stories to help spread awareness, understanding and inspiration around SUD.
Happy Recovery Month. Let's use our hope and resolve to light the way for more journeys of recovery.
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