September is National Recovery Month
Lake County, Calif. (September 11, 2018) - National Recovery Month is an observance held every year in September. It is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT). The national observance is designed to educate Americans on how addiction treatment and mental health services can be effective tools for people with substance abuse and/or mental disorder(s) to live a healthy and rewarding life.
The national observance is also for celebrating the gains made by people in recovery, just as health improvements are celebrated by those who have health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, etc. National Recovery Month spotlights reinforcing the positive message that behavioral health is critical to overall health, that prevention is effective, and that treatment is successful. People can and do recover with the right treatment.
There are millions of lives that have been changed through recovery. For those who are suffering from alcohol and/or drug addiction, the message is that there are recovery programs that can help. Prevention is also crucial and important for relevant groups and organizations to promote alcohol and drug addiction prevention, especially among youth. We all need to work together to increase awareness and improve understanding about diseases of substance use and mental disorders.
Everyone should know that prevention works and there are effective treatments that can help people recover from alcohol and drug addiction. Each individual can help and become a supporter to help expand and improve the availability of recovery services that are effective. During September and throughout the year, everyone is encouraged to help raise awareness of the fact that effective recovery services are available.
Please join Lake County Behavioral Health in celebrating “Recovery Happens Lake County” on Saturday, September 15th from 10:00am – 2:00pm at Austin Park in the City of Clearlake. There will be a Recovery Happens Walk, guest speakers, raffle prizes, a free barbeque and more!
For more information, please contact Lake County Behavioral Health at 707-274-9101 or 707-994-7090. Todd Metcalf is the administrator of Lake County Behavioral Health Services.