September is National Recovery Month sponsored by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration. Each year, SAMHSA uses the month of September to bring attention to recovery. This year the theme is: Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community.
Note the word "recovery"- a focus on recovering and healing from addiction and mental health issues. It is a beautiful thing to focus on strengths and positives such as the exciting prospect of healing from addiction. The road is difficult but is achievable. May the odds be ever in your favor!
This year's theme of health, home, purpose, and community is dear to me since I am a huge advocate for integrated and whole body care. I firmly believe (and research is backing me up!) that true healing can only come from applying healing to all areas of your life, your physical health, mental health, spiritual satisfaction, and more. What will you do for your physical health? What will you do to nurture your soul? What will you do for professional satisfaction? What will you do for learning and stimulation? How do you want to live your life?
These are great questions for anyone to ask and especially during any healing process. Substances take up a lot of time and effort and do provide some relief. They wouldn't be addictive if they weren't! What will fill in the void, help you cope, help you live a life that is satisfying and loving? These are important questions and ones that SAMHSA is exploring. The website www.recoverymonth.gov is set up to provide a lot of resources, testimonials, and hope to anyone impacted by addiction. There is an almost overwhelming amount of information on the website. Use the search engines to focus on the things that you need. Believe in the possibilities of the future!
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