Recovery Month 2020: Celebrating Connections


Today is World Suicide Prevention Day! September 10th is an excellent opportunity to show your support for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Together, we can encourage men, women, and teenagers to seek help and get on the path toward recovery.

Each Mind Matters would like you to show your support by placing a burning candle in your window at 8 pm as a symbol of hope and support for suicide prevention and remembrance of those we’ve lost to suicide. If you don’t have a candle, no problem; you can post an image or GIF of a candle on Facebook or another social media platform. You can use #SuicidePreventionWeek 2020 #SuicidePrevention or #StigmaFree to expand your post’s reach.

As we shared last week, Each Mind Matters would like us to shine a light on “the intersection between suicide prevention, alcohol, and drug use and efforts that foster resilience and recovery.” Substance use and addiction often play a role in suicides; the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) shares that more than one in three people who die by suicide is under the influence of alcohol. It’s also worth noting that many drug overdose deaths are intentional.

September is a salient month. Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and National Recovery Month coincide. Throughout the month, organizations and individuals join forces and voices to educate the public and those still suffering that recovery is possible. Faces and Voices of Recovery writes:

“National Recovery Month is now in its 30th year. It is an annual event sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) with the goal of letting Americans know that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and fulfilling lives.” 

Recovery Month

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There are many ways to participate in Recovery Month, such as attending virtual events and webinars. SAMHSA is hosting a webinar series during Recovery Month. Today’s (Thursday, September 10, 2020) webinar is Transforming Lives Through Supported Employment at 1:30PM (ET). The webinar highlights the salient role that employment can play in recovery.

While SAMHSA is still involved with Recovery Month, this is the first year that the recovery community is guiding the observance. This year’s theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections.

“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.”

All month, individuals and organizations around the country are celebrating the millions of men, women, and teens who have transformed their lives in recovery from mental health and substance use disorders. We have an opportunity to break the stigma of addiction by acknowledging the gains made by people in recovery.

Each day, those working a program are living examples that recovery works—that it’s possible to rejoin communities and society at large. Moreover, members of the recovery fellowship give hope to the tens of millions of individuals who are still in the grips of their disease.

California Chemical Dependency Rehabilitation Hospital

National Recovery Month is an ideal opportunity to reach for support and begin your journey of healing. Hemet Valley Recovery Hospital & Sage Retreat are fully operational and continue to accept new patients during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Please rest assured that our highly qualified team of clinicians are following all CDC protocols to protect our clients’ well-being.

We invite you to take the first step toward a life in recovery by calling our admissions team for a confidential assessment today at 866-273-0868. HVRC is a Chemical Dependency Rehabilitation Hospital (CDRH), which means that we can provide programs and specialty services all in one facility. Please contact us to learn more about the HVRC difference.