National Recovery Month Highlights Addiction Resources
The disease of addiction is often stigmatized, which can cause feelings of shame, along with hesitancy to ask for help. September is National Recovery Month, an opportunity to highlight how getting treatment is effective and people can recover.
National Recovery Month started more than 30 years ago and is held every September to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices and recognize the dedication of service providers and communities who make recovery possible. This year there is a specific focus on the nation’s growing crisis of substance misuse and overdose deaths.
“People are shamed for struggling with addiction, despite all society has come to understand about this health condition,” says Dr. Mark Calarco, American Addiction Centers National Medical Director for Clinical Diagnosis.
“This flawed perspective can have deadly consequences, as the United States remains in the throes of an opioid epidemic.”
According to the CDC, there were more than 107,000 reported drug overdose deaths in 2021, and more than three-quarters were attributed to opioids.
Benefits of Recovery Treatment
Recovery Month also reinforces the message that behavioral health is essential to overall health and treatment is effective. Inpatient rehab stays are linked to better outcomes, including a greater likelihood of staying sober.1
An inpatient rehab program can offer certain benefits that other forms of treatment may not include.
Some of these benefits include:
- The ability to detox in a safe and secure environment with 24/7 medical care and support.
- Being able to work through substance abuse issues, codependency, co-occurring disorders, and trauma with various therapies.
- A highly structured environment.
- A close community of peers to connect with and learn from during the recovery process.
- The opportunity to focus solely on your recovery away from any triggers.
Oxford Treatment Center is having a celebration in honor of National Recovery Month. We will be hosting a Recovery Fun Day for alumni and members of the local recovery community on September 17, at our Oxford Resolutions Campus. There will also be a 1-mile recovery fun run.