It's Recovery Month - Help Break the Stigma of Addiction
"Recovery is a process. It takes time. It takes patience. It takes everything you've got...." ~ Unknown
September is National Recovery Month. There are more than 22 million Americans living in recovery, so that is something to celebrate! Join Hope United this month as we celebrate RECOVERY and those individuals who are working so hard to maintain long-term recovery.
National Recovery Month first began in 1989 and was called “Treatment Works! Month” to honor addiction professionals. It has evolved throughout the years, and most recently transformed into “National Recovery Month” in 2011. “The month-long event is designed to educate Americans on mental health and substance use disorders, in addition to celebrating the work of individuals in recovery and providing support to affected families...”
You’ve heard it before, but it is so true. Addiction to drugs or alcohol does not discriminate. There are so many misconceptions that exist about addiction. The fact is, addiction is a chronic illness of the brain that IS treatable, and NOT what some believe to be just a “moral failing”. With proper treatment, resources and long-term support, individuals suffering from drug or alcohol addiction can restore their lives and lead a healthy, fulfilling life in recovery.
We invite you to help us break the stigma of addiction by sharing your journey of recovery or honoring a loved one who is in recovery by highlighting their story - you can even include a photo with your submission. With your help, we can show the world that recovery is worth it!
While you’re at it, take a moment to read a few of the recovery stories that have already been shared with Hope United. We are inspired by these individuals and we think you will be too!
If you have a recovery story to share, take a moment now to share it with us. Together, if we STAND UNITED, we can show that there IS HOPE in recovery. So, join us this month as we celebrate all our family and friends living in recovery! WE ARE HOPE UNITED!
"Don't be ashamed of your story. It will inspire others." ~Unknown