September is National Recovery Month
Each September, Starting Point joins with other organizations around the world to celebrate Recovery Month. During the month, we recognize those who are on their recovery journey. In addition, we share information with family, friends and the media about mental illness and substance abuse, so that everyone can understand the scope of the problem. We are also working to reduce the stigma often associated with mental illness or substance abuse.
The Coronavirus Pandemic has impacted many of our friends and neighbors. The stress and isolation has worsened mental health issues for some, while others have been unable to seek the mental health support and help they need.
Mental and substance use disorders affect people of all ethnicities, ages, genders, geographic regions, and socioeconomic levels. They need to know that help is available. These individuals can get better, both physically and emotionally, with the support of a welcoming community.
Often, individuals who experience a mental and/or substance use disorder feel isolated and alone. Yet, every year millions of Americans experience these conditions. It’s important that we offer support to individuals facing mental and/or substance use disorders. In fact, we need to create environments and relationships that promote acceptance. Support from families is essential to recovery, so it’s important that family members have the tools to start conversations about prevention, treatment, and recovery. Too many people are still unaware that prevention works and that mental and/or substance use disorders can be treated, just like other health problems. At Starting Point Behavioral Healthcare, we have witnessed the positive reality of recovery.
Individuals who embrace recovery achieve improved mental and physical health, as well as form stronger relationships with their neighbors, family members, and peers. We need to make more people feel like recovery is possible. Mental and/or substance use disorders affect people of all ethnicities, ages, genders, geographic regions, and socioeconomic levels. They need to know that help is available. These individuals can get better, both physically and emotionally, with the support of a welcoming community. Families and communities can find hope and spread the message that recovery works by celebrating the annual National Recovery Month.