Every September, centers like Westwind Recovery celebrate recovery successes and find creative ways to share information about drug and alcohol treatment programs and prevention. Recovery is not easy. It takes effort, but it’s worth it. National Recovery Month serves as a reminder of the benefits of living a clean and sober life.
What Is So Special About September?
September is National Recovery Month, a nationwide observance that celebrates the way recovery can change lives. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), thousands of programs share success stories and increase awareness about addiction recovery during National Recovery Month.
By promoting the gains made in treatment and recovery practices, professionals in substance abuse treatment show people throughout the country that recovery is possible and that it can transform a person’s life.
The first National Recovery Month was in 1989, and they called it “Treatment Works! Month.” Now, 31 years later, dedicated services providers like those at Westwind Recovery promote evidence-based treatment practices as the best hope for if you need addiction services. At the same time, they raise awareness about the gains made by those who are in recovery and about substance use disorders.
The theme for the 2020 National Recovery Month is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections.”
How You Can Join National Recovery Month?
National Recovery Month is a celebration, so what can you do? The best answer is to get involved. Of the estimated 20.7 million people who have a substance use disorder, only about 19 percent get the treatment they need. Participating in National Recovery Month is a chance for you to create change.
Consider some ways you can get involved this year, such as:
- Plan a virtual celebration event or an outdoor walk with social distancing guidelines to raise awareness. Use this event as a forum to highlight both community and national recovery issues.
- Talk about your recovery or ask someone you love to discuss theirs on social media. You may even be able to set up virtual public service announcements.
- Set up a discussion group for those in recovery to network and communicate. Technology makes this very easy these days. You can create a Facebook group, do a Twitter or Facebook chat, or set up a Google Hangout.
- Start a blog to talk about addiction recovery.
- Organize a local campaign to raise awareness.
Every little bit helps get the word out about the importance of treatment and recovery.
Beginning Your Own Recovery Journey During National Recovery Month
Maybe this is the year that you will find a path towards recovery for you or someone you love. Westwind Recovery can help.
Westwind Recovery is an addiction treatment center and sober living program in Los Angeles, California that provides:
- Six residential beds
- Six detox beds
- 80 outpatient slots
- Client-centered treatment
Westwind Recovery believes in adventure therapy, as well. While in treatment, you can enjoy fun, monthly outings that include snowboarding, hiking, surfing, and camping. We make adventure part of the recovery process.
Westwind Recovery also features a series of sober living residences that promote health and happy recovery with amenities such as:
- Private and semi-private rooms
- Heated pool and hot tubs
- Streaming services such as Netflix
- Washers and dryers
- Patios and backyards
- Storage space
Some of our sober living residences are even pet-friendly. Each residence has a specialty such as co-occurring disorders, gender-specific treatment, or coed living. The goal is to make sure everyone has a place to feel like they belong. Westwind Recovery sponsors seven sober living residences, each designed to feel like home.