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Friday, September 8, 2017

National Recovery Month: Sharing Your Story

National Recovery Month
Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) partners with addiction and mental health experts observing National Recovery Month. Throughout the month addiction and recovery related events will be held to celebrate the millions of Americans working programs of recovery.

While the act of getting clean and sober is a monumental feat, most people in recovery try hard to keep their pride and ego in check. Recovery being the difference between choosing life or a death, it is important to remember that the road to relapse is often paved with hubris. However, that does not mean that people in recovery cannot exercise gratitude for their achievements. Nor should recovering alcoholics and addicts discount the leaps and bounds they’ve made.

If you are in recovery, you know firsthand pain and heartache. You know that the disease brought you to your knees and was poised to kill you had there not been an intervention. Once in recovery, you realized quickly that you would have to fight to hold on to your program. And it would not be a fight using traditional weapons, you learned you’d have to wield total, uncompromising honesty if you were to keep what you have. There are no free rides in recovery, after all.


You Have a Voice In Recovery

We all found ourselves in the program by a different road, but everyone’s experience is remarkably similar. The embodiment of desperation. Like active addiction, our stories of active recovery are often homogeneous. There may be small variations from one person to the next, but at the end of the day we all practice the principles of recovery guided by the Steps. This requires a daily commitment to not do or behave in certain ways that might precipitate a relapse, and a return to our disease.

Those of you working a program also know that if you intend on keeping your recovery, you must give it away. Which usually takes the shape of spreading the message that recovery is possible, which can take many different forms. Sponsorship being the most common. By helping others find what you’ve found, you strengthen your own program.

As was mentioned earlier, National Recovery Month is time to honor the brave men and women who have taken certain steps. And, in an effort to encourage more people to embrace recovery, SAMHSA is asking those who are willing to share their story of recovery. After all, you never know the impact you might have on another. Just a few words might be lead another to seek help and find recovery. If you are interested in sharing your story via text or YouTube video, please click here. Below you will find an example of spreading the message of recovery:

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Addiction Recovery is Possible

If you or a loved one is still battling with the demons of addiction, please contact Whiteside Manor. We understand how hard it is to turn one’s back on their disease and seek treatment. But, it is a decision that will ultimately save your life. Let National Recovery Month be your new beginning.

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