At Synergy Group Services we would like to show our support for National Recovery Month. Over the last 27 years, September has been a time for raising awareness about addiction recovery. The disease of addiction is a mental health disorder which affects millions of people around the globe. Left untreated, the condition can both ruin and cut lives short. Fortunately, there are services available to help those afflicted by the insidious disease, today more than ever.
Addiction counselors have the skills and tools to effectively treat addiction, and show people how to live a life free from drugs and alcohol. The use of medication and cognitive behavioral therapies in sheltered environments can help people break the cycle of addiction and live productive, fulfilling lives. It is paramount that everyone who is need of treatment, can access it.
Making the decision to seek treatment is not always easy. Even when people are in the grips of despair, it can be hard for many to acknowledge that they have a problem and surrender. Encouraging the millions of Americans who are still active in their addiction to enter treatment is one of the goals of National Recovery Month. This year, people in recovery and their families are invited to share their story of hope online. By doing so, you may help some make the decision to seek recovery, potentially saving a life—or many lives for that matter.
Sadly, many Americans living in addiction believe that they are beyond help, that they will die with a bottle or drug in their hand. Despair begets despair, and the cycle of addiction continues. Sharing about your own experience with addiction, how bad it was and how good life is now, could be a catalyst for countless individuals to seek change. In the midst of an unprecedented epidemic involving opioid narcotics, everyone in recovery can have a hand in stemming the tide.
The National Recovery Month theme this year is: Join The Voices for Recovery: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) states that:
“Across the country, people in recovery are celebrating their successes and sharing them with others in an effort to educate the public about treatment, how it works, for whom, and why. Because these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, these personal stories, or Voices for Recovery, provide a vehicle for people to share their recovery stories.”