Each September, we get together with those affected by addiction to reflect on how far we’ve come, new treatments available and where we need to go to eliminate addiction and substance abuse here in the US and around the world. This month reminds us that recovery is achievable, a new life is possible and that through our actions and words, we can help others achieve the happier and better life that we have provided for ourselves.
However, as we all know one month of flyers, speeches and admonitions are not enough to eliminate an epidemic of these proportions. Indeed, substance abuse, unfortunately is nowhere near being eradicated.
We have this year, as we did last, a second epidemic in the medical community in the form of COVID. Unfortunately, national recovery month this year falls in the middle of a surge in a COVID variant that has sent many of us back into hiding. As we know, the physical and psychological effects of distancing and isolation can wreak havoc on our bodies and minds. The results can be an increase in substance abuse and mental health issues.
What can be done this year?
This year, we encourage anyone reading this blog to reach out to a friend or family member who may be struggling during this time of uncertainty. Talking to them and giving them the encouragement to push through may be the difference between them staying sober and relapsing. Talking through these difficult times may even be what you need to make sure that your recovery stays on track.
And of course, if you, a loved one or anyone you know needs help, we encourage you to seek that help from a qualified treatment center. Seeking treatment early can avoid many of the worst effects of the disease of addiction and can get the individual back on track to a normal life as soon as possible.
If you would like to speak to someone confidentially about yourself or a loved one that has mental health or substance abuse issues, we encourage you to contact us. Representatives are available to talk 24 hours a day, seven days a week.