September Is National Recovery Month, And The Nation Is Speaking Up
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September is National Recovery Month, a month reserved for celebration by the recovery community – those who have recovered from addiction – and their loved ones. Treatment centers, recovery community organizations and even nonprofit groups are stepping up to hold events, workshops, rallies, walks and more in hopes of eradicating the stigma surrounding addiction and continuing to urge those still struggling to get help.
Today there are still 23 million people struggling with addiction, and every year it is known that only about 10% of these individuals receive help. When coupling the staggering numbers of those personally facing addiction with those who are a friend or family member of that individual, these numbers exponentially rise. The impact of addiction is vast, often leading to broken families, overdoses, lost jobs, lost homes and even death.
But during recovery month, a different story is told – the one of recovery. With over 23.5 million people in recovery today, these powerful stories are worth sharing.
The power of storytelling exists in social movements across the country. Said best by Dave Isay, founder of Story Corps, “It’s impossible not to love someone whose story you’ve heard.”
For those in the recovery movement, the power of sharing your story connects you with others, showing that you are not alone. Whether you are a family member whose loved one has been affected by addiction, or someone who is recovering themselves, stories have the power to bring together individuals with similar life experiences and to promote the reality that is recovery. During National Recovery Month, here are the organizations leading some of the most powerful recovery storytelling campaigns:
Heroes In Recovery
This nonprofit organization calls those who have recovered from addiction and shared their stories “heroes.” This statement has been founded on the premise that sharing stories is the force in eradicating stigma and humanizing the disease of addiction. Having had over 1,200 stories submitted, the stories and the people they represent are powerful. Referencing one story from a man named Dennis:
“My life is amazing in comparison! I have a relationship with my daughter and other family. I’m employable and trustworthy. I vote. I have a valid license and legal automobile. I have no legal issues. I’m not homeless, in the hospital or jail, and I didn’t have to pay good money just to feel ok after waking up this morning. I feel better than I ever did while using, and it’s FREE! Life is better in recovery!”