-- — To educate citizens about the pathways to recovery and to support people in recovery, every September Americans celebrate National Recovery Month (www.recoverymonth.gov), an initiative sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Stayin’ Alive, Franklin County’s Local Coordinating Council, is celebrating the month by holding a Concert for Recovery Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Main Street Park located next to the Franklin County Community Foundation office, Brookville, to honor individuals and families who are in long-term recovery, reports executive director Melinda Brown.
“A huge turnout will send a signal that our community embraces recovery and supports those working in the field to provide much-needed recovery services.”
More information on the concert is available at www.stayinalive24. org.
“Recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders is possible,” points out Brown. “All around us people are in recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders. They are contributing to our businesses, connecting with their families, and giving back to the community. But if we want more people to join them on a path of recovery, we need to take action – now.
“Too many people are still unaware that prevention works, and that these conditions can be treated, just like we can treat other health disorders, such as diabetes and hypertension. We need to work together to make recovery the expectation.”
Individuals who embrace recovery achieve improved mental and physical health, as well as stronger relationships and a sense of self-worth. She notes, “Mental and/or substance use disorders do not discriminate – they affect people of all ethnicities, ages, genders, geographic regions and socioeconomic levels.”
“We can’t get discouraged by the prevalence of these problems, because help is available.” In the past year, 31.3 million adults 18 or older received services for mental health problems and 2.6 million 12 or older who needed treatment for illicit drug or alcohol use problems received treatment at specialty facilities.