Did you know that September is National Recovery Month? Each September, National Recovery Month is a celebration of the successes of the recovery community, the promotion and support of new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, and the acknowledgment of the professionals, service providers, and community members across the nation who help people recover.
After 30 years, the federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is retiring from its annual convening of Recovery Month and passing the reins to the nonprofit organization, Faces & Voices of Recovery. This year’s specific theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections and is the first year that the website, hosted by Faces & Voices of Recovery, www.NationalRecoveryMonth.org, will serve as the central location for recovery events. This year’s theme embraces the challenges experienced in 2020 and celebrates the connections of all Americans working daily on their recovery ( and the people that support them), as well as supporting and encouraging inclusion, respect, and opportunity.
How many Americans are in recovery? A formidable 23 million people from all walks of life and from all 50 states and territories belong to this impressive group. This year’s events celebrate and support those in recovery and are virtual and or take into account social distancing. For example, the September 2020 Addiction Recovery Team-Awareness Campaign has a month’s worth of ideas for daily activities to inspire and heal, utilizing social media and the hashtag #recovery. Another calendar item is the Signature Live Online series which is a celebration of artists and musicians in recovery and features visual arts, music, and literary arts. A more physical example of an event is the Step Up for Recovery virtual step fundraiser which aims to gather financial support to provide substance abuse disorder treatment for all in need, regardless of their ability to pay. All these events and many more are available at www.NationalRecoveryMonth.org.
As for Siegert & Associates, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to all those in recovery and those who support them. We applaud the work of all the professionals and service providers helping those in treatment and beyond. We are here to tell anyone who will listen, that recovery is an achievement and one that is a daily effort, varying in intensity day by day. And we are here to provide recovery coaching to help as a professional in the life of someone in recovery,their family members, employers, co-workers, coaching them as they make their life what they want it to be.