September is National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
National Recovery Month. Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective, People Recover. September 2018.

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.

Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. The observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

The 2018 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders. The 2018 observance also aims to increase awareness and encourage audiences to take advantage of the increased dialogue around behavioral health needs and the increased emphasis on tackling our nation’s opioid crisis.

Get Involved In Recovery Month 2018

The RecoveryMonth.gov website features several ways you can get involved with Recovery Month.  There’s a wide selection of promotional logos, banners and flyers that you can use, a Recovery Month calendar to browse and post events, information for reaching out to officials and stories of recovery from all sorts of people.  Here are the links:

Download our tools
2018 Recovery Month Toolkit
Logos, Banners, Flyers, and Posters

Use our calendar
Post your events
Search for events

Reach out to officials
Proclamations
Statements and letters

Watch and share
Public Service Announcements
Road to Recovery series

Join us
Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

To learn more and to check out Recovery Month events, stories, promotions and more be sure to visit the website at RecoveryMonth.gov.

It was just a couple of weeks ago I learned that September is Recovery Month.  While I have several ideas for ways to promote the cause, there wasn’t much time to plan anything.  The best way I can help spread the message of Recovery Month is by telling my story and by focusing on my studies to become an addiction counselor.
What I have decided to do is two-fold.  First, I am committing to sharing my personal story more and getting it out there publicly.  While sharing here on my blog is nice, this is a new blog and the exposure is limited.  I have identified a few possible outlets and am in the process of contacting them.  Also, I want to create my first video this month and what better place to start than by telling my story?  This will be a huge personal step for me with my anxiety issues, I have been avoiding doing video though the desire to do it is there.  So it will give me a chance to face a fear in the process as well.
The other thing I’m doing is launching a GoFundMe campaign to help with my college expenses in pursuing my degree in addictions counseling.  While I admit this is a bit selfish, it does promote my story and hopefully provides inspiration.  I am seeking funding to offset the costs of my student loans and to help in restarting my web design, development, and marketing business to generate a second stream of income and allow me to work part-time while focusing full-time on my studies.

As stated in the campaign, if you can’t donate monetarily there are a number of other ways you can support me in my endeavors.  Foremost by liking, following, commenting and sharing my blog and its social media accounts.  Also, by doing the same with my new web services venture once I launch it.
I will keep everyone posted on the status of all of my endeavors here on the blog.  I have some exciting plans for new features and developments for OWN Sobriety that I hope to have time to further develop soon.
If you would like to find out more about Recovery Month and how you can be a part of it, visit the website at RecoveryMonth.gov.  If you are looking for additional outlets to share your story, I’d love to share it here on my blog as well just contact me!
Love Y’all!
Mike