Communities are encouraged to join the applause during National Recovery Month to congratulate the people living in recovery and to show appreciation to the professionals who helped them achieve their goals.
The substance use crisis in the United States has had a devastating impact on many communities and the people who’ve laid roots in them. Overcoming a substance use disorder can be difficult without support, but it is a treatable, chronic medical condition with nearly 21 million U.S. adults reaching recovery, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Substance use disorder is a complex condition that affects a person’s brain and behavior, leading to their inability to control the use of legal or illegal substances despite the harmful consequences. About half of the individuals who experience a substance use disorder during their lifetime will also experience a co-occurring disorder, such as anxiety disorder, depression, or bipolar disorder, according to the National Institute on Drug Use. This highlights the importance of adopting a complete behavioral health approach in treating substance use disorders.
Recovery Month, observed each September, celebrates those Americans living in recovery, as well as the evidence-based treatment and recovery practices that lead to lasting recovery, the recovery community, and the dedication of professionals, providers, and community members who make recovery possible. Treatment for substance use and mental health disorders enables individuals to achieve a healthy and fulfilling life.
“Recovery has transformed the lives of millions of people. Whether it’s 8 days, 8 months, or 18 years, be proud of your accomplishment of remaining free from substances and continue to inspire others,” said Dr. Tom Wright, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs for Rosecrance.
Those who struggle with substance use do not need to do it alone. Rosecrance’s compassionate experts provide support and can introduce a personalized path to self-care and recovery.