Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month, aimed to increase awareness of behavioral health conditions, including recovery from substance abuse disorders. This year’s theme is “Join the Voices of Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities,” in hopes of bringing people together to share real-life experiences of recovery from mental and substance abuse disorders.
According to SAMHSA, recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. It is important to note that recovery is a process, and not something that is achieved overnight. Every intentional step toward recovery is vital to its continuation. Here are a few key principles in recovery.
First, recovery emerges from hope. Hope is the spark before and in the midst of treatment when individuals truly believe recovery is possible. If you can hold onto the hope for a better future, then the chances of recovery are dramatically increased.
Next, recovery is person-driven, meaning no one can achieve recovery for you. With much self-determination and self-direction, your goals to a healthy and whole life can be achieved and celebrated along the way. Your choices have power, so choose to make choices built on your strengths in order to gain control of your life.
Finally, recovery means being supported by friends, peers, and loved ones. It is a long process you cannot walk alone. Surround yourself with friends and loved ones who continually and lovingly push you to be the best version of yourself. This support system is vital to your success. Also, find peer-operated support groups who you can encourage and be encouraged by as you fight similar battles.
Recovery is a real option. If you or a loved one is currently struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, call us today at (888) 507-1355 to speak with one of our trained treatment specialists. We can help you take the first, yet essential step toward recovery.
“It takes a lot of strength to ride the storm of addiction, but it’s worth it.” ~ Maggie Swann