September is National Recovery Month, an initiative sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). By celebrating those living in recovery from addiction, we can inspire hope in the lives of those still suffering from this disease, as well, as encourage others to join in the celebration of recovery. It is time to put an end to the stigma
attached to the disease of addiction and to recovery from addiction!
Substance use disorders affect people of all ethnicities, ages, genders, and socioeconomic levels. People who suffer from addiction need to know that help is available, and recovery is
possible. If you would like information about local services available to help people break the cycle of addiction, please call the HFM Prevention Council at 736-8188 for Fulton and Montgomery
Counties and 548-5710 for Hamilton County.
Many people are unaware that prevention works and that substance use disorders can be treated, just like other chronic health problems. People break free from the cycle of addiction every day. Long term recovery from addiction is a reality for over 23 million Americans! Regardless of the pathways people have chosen to achieve recovery, their lives and the lives of their families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and communities are vastly improved as a result.
This year the Prevention Council celebrated Recovery Month with our Recovery Art Show which was on display for the month of September at the Fulton Montgomery Chamber of Commerce.
~ Ann Rhodes