Simple Ways to Celebrate National Recovery Month

Simple Ways to Celebrate National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.

Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. The observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

Recovering from addiction is one of the hardest, yet most rewarding, things that you can do in life. It takes a strong person to acknowledge how addiction has hurt themselves and their families and work toward getting better and restoring their life. That’s why there is cause for celebration every single day. With September being noted as national recovery month, if you or a loved one has committed to living a sober life, it’s time to celebrate! Here are just a few ways you can celebrate this year and every year.

 Encourage Proclamations

Proclamations at both the state and local level are a great way for communities to come together to support sober living and those in recovery. These proclamations also serve as a way for communities to make a promise of improving the quality of help that those seeking recovery can get. Although a proclamation was signed on the National level, only eight states have signed proclamations. Pushing for one in your city, town, and/or state is a great way to not only celebrate your sobriety or the sobriety of a family member or friend but is also a great way to support others in their journey.

Get Out and Volunteer As a Family

What better way to celebrate this month than to get out with your family and volunteer at local recovery events? It can bring your family together and help remind you of the reasons why you decided to live in sobriety. If there are no local events, consider organizing one! Movie nights are a great first-time event that is easy to organize and often draws a crowd. You can purchase documentaries and movies about addiction and the journey or recovery here.

Talk to Students

It’s never too early to get someone thinking about addiction and seeing that recovery is possible. If you have a story to share, go to your local high school and offer to speak with the kids during September. This is a great way to share your experiences and help relate to others who might be going through something similar themselves or with a family member.

Spread the Love

Friends you have met during your recovery journey are some of those that you will keep for a lifetime. Show your gratitude for their friendship with a small gift that says thank you for the support while also promising to continue to stand in solidarity with them. On this occasion celebrating with the people taking the same journey can be powerful. Looking for small gifts? Get ideas here.

Recovery is a beautiful thing and something to be proud of. This recovery month, celebrate any way you know how for yet another month of sobriety. To make your month even better, visit My 12 Step Store website to learn more about their unique and exceptional products that are all about the celebration of recovery.

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