Addiction recovery month - Celebrating & proving recovery is possible!
We at Recoverlution love to celebrate our recovery. Addiction recovery month gives us a platform to focus on that celebration.
Recovery month was initially introduced by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA), some 31 years ago. Since then, it has since gained popularity around the world.
The primary purpose of recovery month is to raise awareness that recovery from addiction is possible. Therefore, the goal of recovery month is to enable us to celebrate the personal time we have achieved free from addictive substances and behaviours.
For those of us in recovery who choose to break our anonymity, we are also breaking the stigma attached to addiction. We are stating out loud “We have recovered and are no longer ashamed!”
This powerful message brings hope to those who cannot see a way out.
At Recoverlution, we are very much FOR celebrating recovery from our addictions. We honour every single day spent out of active addiction.
Recovery is not just about stopping addictive substances. It is about improving our well-being, as we work towards a healthier and more balanced life. Recovery offers us a brand new life; a happier, more purposeful, and rewarding life.
When in recovery, we are able to contribute positively to society. We learn to heal ourselves and our relationships with others. We are able to achieve our goals and dreams, bringing them into reality.
Recovery is a beautiful and healing experience. Therefore, why shouldn't we celebrate that fact?
When is national addiction recovery month?
National recovery month is in September and is celebrated all over the world.
How you choose to celebrate your recovery is entirely up to you. Recently there has been a trend of people in recovery breaking their anonymity by way of celebration. Sharing their personal story and clean time on social media for all to see.
We understand that not everyone wants to break personal anonymity. Because of this, you may choose to celebrate your own recovery in a less public way. This is why it is important to recognise that there is no one singular right way to celebrate personal recovery from addiction.
Conversely, you may prefer to celebrate your clean time with like-minded others. In order to do this, perhaps you can go out for a meal or arrange an outing. Don't forget to invite newcomers!
Also, celebrating addiction recovery can provide valuable inspiration for others. We give them hope that if we can do it, then they can too.
Why should we celebrate being in recovery?
Why shouldn't we celebrate?
We have overcome so many challenges just to arrive at this point. As such, we have proven ourselves resilient in the face of adversity.
Just by being in recovery from addiction, we are achieving what others would have previously deemed impossible!
Even we, ourselves, would have doubted at times that recovery was possible.
Yet here we are, clean and sober.
What a powerful message to share!
Ultimately, addiction is a compulsive and deadly illness. An illness that drove us to self-destruct. It caused us to rob our loved ones of their peace of mind, their sanity, and their health. Now we can celebrate that they can sleep easier and enjoy their own lives.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) says of National recovery month :
"Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental health and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, applauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible." —SAMSHA
You can celebrate national addiction recovery month if you are in recovery from:
- Gambling addiction
- Eating disorders
- Sex addiction
- Drug addiction
- Alcohol addiction
- A family member with addiction
- Prescription pill addiction
- A compulsive disorder
Anyone who has overcome a behavioural or substance use related disorder can celebrate recovery month. Likewise, this includes family members who have broken free from codependent relationships with addicted loved ones.
If you work in addiction treatment, you too can join in the celebrations. You carry a positive message of hope - That addiction is treatable and it is preventable.
The addiction recovery month ribbon
You may or may not be aware that recovery month has its very own colour and recovery ribbon. The colour of addiction recovery month is purple.
Wearing a purple recovery ribbon at any time (recovery month or not) helps to raise awareness. It also helps to break the stigma as it promotes recovery as a very positive thing.
Wearing a recovery ribbon is also a great way of paying respect to the families and loved ones of those who have tragically lost their lives. Remembering those who have sadly lost their battle to this deadly, life-threatening condition.
Another way of subtly raising awareness is to wear a recovery wrist band, which can be personalised in its message. Some people who wish to contribute but not compromise their anonymity may choose to wear a ribbon or wrist band as a way of celebrating recovery month.
Regardless of how loud or subtle your message is, it all helps!
The importance of raising awareness around addiction
Raising awareness and celebrating also helps to educate others. Educating others around the facts of addiction can prevent future deaths.
Also, raising awareness and celebrating encourages more people to access addiction treatment and support.
Unfortunately, so many people needlessly die from addiction each and every year.
Tragically, with COVID-19 at a peak last year, support services were far less accessible that usual. This, along with the fear, stress and poverty that Covid-19 brought, resulted in more people dying from drugs and alcohol that ever before.
As a result, this proves just how important it is that we connect with each other, support each other and reach out to each other.
Anything that we can do as people in recovery, that helps to make even the slightest positive impact on the dark world of addiction has to be worthwhile.
The 2020/21 statistics for drug and alcohol deaths recorded in the UK reported :
- 4,859 people died as a result of drug poisoning in England and Wales
- There were 1,339 drug related deaths recorded in Scotland
- 7,423 people died specifically due to alcohol in England and Wales
- In Scotland, 1,190 people died as a result of alcohol specific causes
If you are not alarmed by these statistics, then you should be. Yes, we know that addiction kills. We know that many do not make it into recovery. Isn't this is even more of a reason to celebrate and make some noise?
Our personal stories of recovery carry a powerful message to those that are still suffering. Addiction recovery month or not, we can help. We can help on a daily basis by reaching out to others. By taking care of our own recovery more and by sharing our personal stories with others.
After all, the more we talk about addiction and our recovery, the easier it is for others to speak up.
Recoverlution shines a light on addiction recovery
Here at Recoverlution, we aim to shine a light on recovery. We combine the various fragmented approaches to addiction recovery, all within one safe space. Here, you can join our free recovery community and read up on addiction and recovery by accessing our abundant Knowledge hub, jam-packed with interesting, evidence based articles.
Our Wellness hub is a dedicated to improving your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing in recovery and is delivered by a team of specially selected professionals. Wether it is nutrition, yoga, breath work, mindfulness, meditation or exercise you are interested in, our Wellness hub has it all on offer to explore.
There is light and there is hope - There is RECOVERY.
- September is National Recovery month -https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/happiness-is-state-mind/202009/september-is-national-recovery-month
- National Recovery Month 2021 - https://www.samhsa.gov/recovery-month
- National Records of Scotland: https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/files/statistics/alcohol-deaths/2020/alcohol-specific-deaths-20-report.pdf
- Deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales: 2021 registrations - https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/deathsrelatedtodrugpoisoninginenglandandwales/2021registrations
- Quarterly alcohol-specific deaths in England and Wales: 2001 to 2019 registrations and Quarter 1 (Jan to Mar) to Quarter 4 (Oct to Dec) 2020 provisional registrations - https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/bulletins/quarterlyalcoholspecificdeathsinenglandandwales/2001to2019registrationsandquarter1jantomartoquarter4octtodec2020provisionalregistrations
- National Records of Scotland: https://www.nrscotland.gov.uk/news/2021/drug-related-deaths-rise