How National Recovery Month Can Help Break the Stigma

Addiction carries a stigma that does not respect it as a mental disorder and physical disease. This stigma makes it difficult for addicts to feel empowered by seeking recovery, which unfortunately encourages many to avoid treatment completely. National Recovery Month occurs each September and is a way to spread awareness about addiction and recovery. The stigma surrounding addiction is still strong, but by promoting National Recovery Month and encouraging addiction recovery in general you can make a difference as to how addiction and recovery are viewed in society. Everyone agrees that addiction is bad, but a user’s recovery should be celebrated instead of ignored.

What is National Recovery Month?

Although many Americans are not aware of it, National Recovery Month is in its 25th year, and promotes the benefits of “prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance abuse disorders.” The theme for 2014 was “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out,” and users were encouraged to speak out about mental and substance abuse disorders as well as the promises of recovery. National Recovery Month is about making people aware of the advantages of prevention and treatment when it comes to mental disorders and addiction.

How Can I Participate in National Recovery Month?

Make it a point to actively speak up about addiction and recovery during the month of September. If you have recovered from addiction, speak with others about how recovery helped you and about how addiction can be prevented. Be sure to visit the National Recovery Month website at to find out more details and to locate an event in your area.

Begin Your Recovery Today

No matter how bad your addiction is, anyone can make a full recovery and live a sober life. Call our toll-free helpline today to speak with an addiction expert who can answer any questions you have about addiction or recovery. We are here for you 24 hours a day to direct you to an effective treatment center; we can even check your insurance policy to find out if it will pay for part or all of your addiction treatment. If you are ready to make a change in your life, pick up the phone and call to start your recovery today.

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