Traditionally, we tend to view individuals who have conquered cancer and physical injuries as heroes and openly celebrate their healing and contributions. We are not, however, as apt to celebrate those in our midst who have gained recovery from addiction because of the stigma.
We can shout out how wonderful it is that a loved one has survived cancer, but we often cannot shout out that a loved one is not drinking or using drugs anymore.
The shame of alcoholism and addiction continues to be a barrier to celebrating our own recovery and that of our loved ones, and this is what Recovery Month events and literature intend to change.
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Colleen Flanagan oversees TASC’s services in 21 counties in Southern Illinois. She has a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and is a member of the Southern Illinois Behavioral Health Team.
About Recovery Month: Every September, people throughout the nation celebrate the annual National Recovery Month: Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective, People Recover observance, a national initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT).
To learn about Recovery Month events in your area, or to post an event, please click here.