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What is Recovery Month?

The Recovery Month observance reminds us that when we Celebrate Connections and share our personal accomplishments and struggles, we combat the stigmas that can impede the recovery journey and send a message to positively impact lives for the better. Together, we will spread the message to people seeking recovery that “You are not alone. There’s hope, help, and support available from others.” Bradley Stein.

Now in its 31st year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.

Each September, Recovery Month works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.

National Recovery Month increases awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders and encourages individuals in need of treatment and recovery services to seek help. Recovery Month celebrates individuals living their lives in recovery and recognizes the dedicated workers who provide the prevention, treatment, and recovery support services that make it possible. This year’s Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections,” embraces the adversity experienced in 2020. When we celebrate our connections to the diversity of people from all walks of life striving for recovery, we find support and courage to speak up for inclusion, respect, and opportunity.

The theme for 2020 National Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections.

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Families and Communities Can Make a Difference

Oftentimes, individuals who experience a mental or substance use disorder feel isolated and alone. Yet, every year, millions of Americans experience these conditions. It’s important that we offer support to individuals facing mental and substance use disorders. In fact, we need to create environments and relationships that promote acceptance. Support from families is essential to recovery, so it’s important that family members have the tools to start conversations about prevention, treatment, and recovery. Too many people are still unaware that prevention works and that mental and substance use disorders can be treated, just like other health problems.

Having Been in Long-term Recovery for Years  and Worked in the Recovery Field for years, I have witnessed the positive reality of recovery. Individuals who embrace recovery achieve improved mental and physical health and form stronger relationships with their neighbors, family members, and peers. We need to make more people feel as though recovery is possible.

Mental and substance use disorders affect people of all ethnicities, ages, genders, geographic regions, and socioeconomic levels. They need to know that help is available. These individuals can get better, both physically and emotionally, with the support of a welcoming community.

Families and communities can find hope and spread the message that recovery works by celebrating the annual National Recovery Month.

The South Suburban Council is celebrating Recovery Month by holding a variety of educational and entertaining events, such as our FREE assessment tools to honor individuals and families who are in long-term recovery. Your attendance will demonstrate the support of the recovery community, including those who provide prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.

I urge all community members to join the celebration and help stem the incidence of mental and substance use disorders. Let people know that free, confidential help is available 24 hours a day through SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or 1-800-487 4889 (TDD).

Offering support to those experiencing mental and substance use disorders can make a huge difference. And of course you can contact The South Suburban Council at 708.647.3333 or www.sscouncil.org.

Together we can help others realize the promise of recovery and give families the right support to help their loved ones.

Bradley Stein, director of marketing, media relations, business development and senior addiction counselor


Additional Resources:

• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics Report: Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States, 1999-2016 https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db294.pdf
• Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health (https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/)
• Mental Health Facilities Data (https://www.samhsa.gov/data/mental-health-facilities-datanmhss)
• National Institute on Drug Abuse: Monitoring the Future Survey (https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/monitoring-future)
• SAMHSA’s National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (https://www.samhsa.gov/data/substanceabuse-facilities-data-nssats)
• SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (https://www.samhsa.gov/samhsa-data-outcomes-quality/major-datacollections/reports-detailed-tables-2016-NSDUH)
• SAMHSA’s Publications Store (https://store.samhsa.gov/)
• SAMHSA’s Recovery and Recovery Support Webpage (https://www.samhsa.gov/recovery)
• SAMHSA’s Recovery Statement (https://blog.samhsa.gov/2012/03/23/defintion-of-recovery-updated)
• SAMHSA’s Treatment Episode Data Set (https://www.samhsa.gov/data/client-leveldata-teds)


Whether our faces and voices are shared through digital platforms or safe, social distance gatherings we celebrate the millions of people who have found, are finding, and have yet to find this path to hope, health, and personal growth. #RecoveryInChicago #RecoveryMonth #wearesscouncil, #recovery

The 2020 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections,” embraces the adversity experienced in 2020. When we celebrate our connections to the diversity of people from all walks of life striving for recovery, we find support and courage to speak up for inclusion, respect, and opportunity. #RecoveryInChicago #RecoveryMonth #wearesscouncil #recovery

When we celebrate our connections to the diversity of people from all walks of life striving for #recovery, we find support and courage to speak up for inclusion, respect, and opportunity. #RecoveryInChicago #RecoveryMonth #wearesscouncil #recovery

Twitter is celebrating recovery alongside us this September! Use the hashtag #RecoveryMonth to unlock a custom Twitter emoji.

The Recovery Month Facebook page (http://facebook.com/nationalrecoverymonthfv), Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/recoverymonth_fv/), and Twitter account (http://twitter.com/recoverymonthfv)


Mental health and substance use disorders affect all communities nationwide, but with commitment and support, people with these disorders can achieve healthy lifestyles and lead rewarding lives in recovery. By seeking help, people who experience mental health and substance use disorders can embark on a new path toward improved health and overall wellness. The focus of National Recovery Month this September is to celebrate their journey with the theme Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections. Recovery Month spreads the message that behavioral health is essential to health and one’s overall wellness, and that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover.

The impact of mental and substance use disorders is apparent in our local community. Through Recovery Month, people become more aware and able to recognize the signs of mental and substance use disorders, which can lead more people into needed treatment. Managing the effects of these conditions can help people achieve healthy lifestyles, both physically and emotionally. The Recovery Month observance continues to work to improve the lives of those affected by mental and substance use disorders by raising awareness of these diseases and educating communities about the prevention, treatment, and recovery resources that are available.

For the above reasons, I am asking the citizens of The Chicagoland, suburbs and northwest Indiana to join me in celebrating this September as National Recovery Month. I, Bradley Stein, do hereby proclaim the month of September 2020 as NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH In The Chicagoland, suburbs and northwest Indiana and call upon our communities to observe this month with compelling programs and events that support this year’s observance.

Bradley Stein, director of marketing, media relations, business development and senior addiction counselor


The South Suburban Council is celebrating recovery and encouraging individuals with a mental or substance use disorder to seek treatment and achieve a healthy, happy life. Mental and substance use disorders can affect anyone, including people in the Chicagoland, suburbs and northwest Indiana, where people have a mental or a substance use disorder. Our community must remain vigilant and dedicated to the recovery process by helping people address these preventable and treatable conditions, and support individuals in recovery, as well as their family members. To promote Recovery Month: The South Suburban Council’s activities are part of National Recovery Month. This year, The South Suburban Council will be observing Recovery Month by offering FREE assessments, FREE Screenings, and promoting out Helpful Links page as well as so much more.

Bradley Stein, director of marketing, media relations, business development and senior addiction counselor


National Recovery Month is an annual observance celebrated every September since 1989. In September, and throughout the year, Recovery Month spreads the message that –

• Behavioral health is essential to health.
• Prevention works.
• Treatment is effective.
• People recover.

Refer to the Recovery Month website, https://nationalrecoverymonth.org/about, for additional information on the initiative.

Who sponsors Recovery Month?

Recovery Month collaborates with approximately 200 Recovery Month Planning Partner organizations, of which The South Suburban Council is an active member, who represent local, state, and national organizations dedicated to prevention, treatment, and recovery.

What is this year’s Recovery Month theme?

This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders. The observance will work to highlight inspiring stories that help thousands of people from all walks of life find the path to hope, health, and wellness. In addition, the materials support SAMHSA’s message that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. Communities can improve the lives of those in recovery by extending opportunities for meaningful daily activities, such as jobs, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors. Local communities can play a significant role in supporting those in recovery as they gain the independence, income, and resources necessary to fully participate in society.

What events occur during Recovery Month?

Every September—and throughout the year—hundreds of events occur to celebrate Recovery Month. These events, ranging from recovery walks and rallies to online web chats and group barbeques, encourage the following audiences to address the continued need for prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.
• Active military and veterans
• Civic leaders
• Communities
• College-aged students
• Educators
• Employers
• Faith-based organizations
• Faith leaders
• First responders
• Friends and family members
• High school-aged students
• Justice system personnel
• Policymakers
• Prevention, treatment, and recovery organizations
• Peer recovery
• Recovery community
• Social service organizations
• Youth and young adults

Where can people find treatment for mental and substance use disorders?

The South Suburban Council can be reached 24/7 at www.sscouncil.org and 708.647.3333. Many treatment options exist. SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Locator, https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/, helps people find mental and substance use disorder treatment facilities and programs across the country. SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or 1-800-487-4889 (TDD), is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year information service and treatment referral (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and substance use disorders.

Bradley Stein, director of marketing, media relations, business development and senior addiction counselor


PROCLAMATION:

Mental health and substance use disorders affect all communities nationwide, but with commitment and support, people with these disorders can achieve healthy lifestyles and lead rewarding lives in recovery. By seeking help, people who experience mental health and substance use disorders can embark on a new path toward improved health and overall wellness. The focus of National Recovery Month this September is to celebrate their journey with the theme Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections. Recovery Month spreads the message that behavioral health is essential to health and one’s overall wellness, and that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover.

The impact of mental and substance use disorders is apparent in our local community. Through Recovery Month, people become more aware and able to recognize the signs of mental and substance use disorders, which can lead more people into needed treatment. Managing the effects of these conditions can help people achieve healthy lifestyles, both physically and emotionally. The Recovery Month observance continues to work to improve the lives of those affected by mental and substance use disorders by raising awareness of these diseases and educating communities about the prevention, treatment, and recovery resources that are available. For the above reasons, I am asking the citizens of the Chicagoland, suburbs and northwest Indiana to join me in celebrating this September as National Recovery Month. I, Bradley Stein, do hereby proclaim the month of September 2020 as NATIONAL RECOVERY MONTH In the Chicagoland, suburbs and northwest Indiana and call upon our community to observe this month with compelling programs and events that support this year’s observance.

Bradley Stein, director of marketing, media relations, business development and senior addiction counselor


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