September is National Recovery Month
By Rhenelle Mc Sween-Navarro, Community Health Program Specialist
National Recovery Month is observed every September as a time of reflection, celebration, and support for individuals on their journey to sobriety and mental wellness. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA), this month also serves as a way to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the nation’s strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and communities who make recovery in all its forms possible.
Why does National Recovery Month Matter?
National Recovery Month plays a strong role in the promotion of mental wellbeing for those who have struggled with substance abuse and disorders. For youths to older individuals, as well as communities and providers, national recovery month is essential for the support and betterment of this community.
Reducing Stigma: National Recovery Month plays a crucial role in reducing the stigma surrounding addiction and mental health.
Community Support: National Recovery Month fosters a sense of community and support, connecting individuals with resources, treatment options, and others who are familiar with their journey.
Inspiration: National Recovery Month serves as a beacon of hope and motivation for those who are still struggling by allowing them to see others who have successfully overcome similar challenges.
How Can I Celebrate National Recovery Month?
In the City of St. Pete, as well as across the state and the nation, there are events that can be attended:
September 28th: Recovery Awareness Expo & Job Fair
Every Tuesday at 7:00 pm: Celebrate Recovery at The Life Church St. Pete
Take the time to educate yourself about addiction and mental health. Pinellas County offers the following resources:
Practice Self- Care
Participate in activities that contribute to your well-being. Check out our website for free events around the city including cooking demonstrations, fitness classes, and sports:
National Recovery Month is a reminder that recovery is not only possible but worth celebrating. By participating in this celebration, you contribute to the ongoing effort to break down the stigma and create a more compassionate and understanding society.