National Recovery Month occurs each September, and it is a time to increase awareness that mental health prevention and treatment methods can lead to lasting recovery. While education and raising awareness are significant components of National Recovery Month, the month is also a time for celebration. It is a time to celebrate the success stories and achievements of individuals who have overcome a struggle with mental health and who have gone on to live happier and healthier lives. It is also a time to celebrate the clinical professionals, friends, and family members who have helped the individual along the recovery journey.
In this article, we discuss the origins of National Recovery Month and the month’s 2020 theme. We also share options for how people can participate in National Recovery Month - even while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Additionally, we discuss the available mental health treatment programs at Aurora Behavioral Health System and how an individual can get started at our facility.
National Recovery Month 2020
Each year National Recovery Month, which some people refer to as National Recovery Awareness Month, has a unique theme. The theme guides conversations and events during National Recovery Month and highlights a particular aspect of the recovery process. For 2020, the National Recovery Month theme is “Join the Voice for Recovery: Celebrating Connection.” The purpose of this year’s National Recovery Month theme is to draw attention to the fact that recovery often comes with the help of others. The theme also highlights how people recovering from substance abuse or mental illness are part of a compassionate community.
How to participate in National Recovery Month 2020
Of course, the current public health crisis and social distancing guidelines have made 2020 far from a normal year. However, people can still participate in this year’s National Recovery Month safely.
One great way to participate in National Recovery Month is to participate in social media campaigns for recovery awareness. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has produced a variety of National Recovery Month social media graphics that anyone can use for free. You can share these graphics with your social media following, and you can also follow Recovery Month social media pages yourself.
Another way to participate in National Recovery Month is by attending SAMHSA’s webinar series. The organization hosts weekly webinars during September, and anyone can join the webinar via the internet or phone for free. Webinar titles include:
- “Integration of Medication-Assisted Treatment in Treatment and Recovery Support”
- “SAMHSA Transforming Lives Through Supported Employment”
- “Communities Supporting Recovery”
- “The Importance of Integrating Recovery Support Services: The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Model”
A third way to participate is by reading and sharing inspiring recovery stories from the Faces & Voice of Recovery organization. On their “recovery stories” blog page, you can find recovery stories from people of all walks of life. Each story helps readers put a face to the recovery process, and each story can help people who struggle with mental health issues have hope for the future. The organization encourages readers to share each story with the hashtags #OurStoriesHavePower and #RecoveryVoicesCount.
Also, if you have a recovery journey of your own, you can share your story with Faces & Voices of Recovery for a feature on their blog. If you feel uncomfortable sharing your recovery journey publicly, you can also participate in National Recovery Month by sharing the story with close friends or family members. People in your close circle may struggle with mental health or substance abuse, too. When people hear that others have made progress on the road to recovery, they learn that they can make progress themselves.
How Aurora Behavioral Health System Can Help
Our team understands that substance use disorders and other behavioral health challenges can be overwhelming. We understand that individuals who struggle with these issues may not know where to turn next, and we are here to help.
We offer recovery services and behavioral health treatment programs across two locations in Arizona. Our Aurora West Campus is in Glendale, Arizona, and our Aurora East Campus is in Tempe, Arizona. We offer inpatient programs for substance abuse and addiction. We also provide adolescent behavioral health programs and adult inpatient programs for mental health.
Remember…There is hope at Aurora
If you or a loved one are experiencing mental health or addiction symptoms that are concerning or worry you, Aurora is here to help. Our caring team of professionals takes a holistic and authentic approach while providing expert psychiatric care for teens and adults. For more information or to schedule a free confidential assessment, call our 24/7 Admissions Line at 877.870.7012.