What is #RecoveryMonth all about? By Ashley Christianson, LPCC, LADC

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to reinforce that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.

Recovery Month began in 1989 as Treatment Works! Month, which honored the work of substance use treatment professionals. In 1998 it expanded to include celebrating the accomplishment of individuals in recovery and was renamed National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month.  Once again in 2011 it evolved to Recovery Month to include all aspects of behavioral health.

Recovery Month is now in its 29th year! The 2018 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders.

In 2016, an estimated 8.2 million U.S. adults 18 or older reported having co-occurring disorders. About 6.1 percent of individuals aged 18 to 25 (2.1 million) had co-occurring mental illness and a substance use disorder.

There are millions of people whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Since these successes often go unnoticed, Recovery Month provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate these accomplishments.  The hope is to have everyone help to increase awareness and further a greater understanding about the diseases of mental and substance use disorders.

Minnesota is recognizing Recovery Month through the following events:

5K/10K Recovery Walk Run

Saturday, September 15, 2018 – 8:00am
Rochester, Minnesota

Minnesota Recovery Connection’s Walk for Recovery

Saturday, September 15, 2018 – 9:00am
Minneapolis, Minnesota

RecoveryFest

Saturday, September 15, 2018 – 2:00pm
Faribault, Minnesota

Operation Recovery

Thursday, September 20, 2018 – 10:00am
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Freedom 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, September 22, 2018 – 8:00am
St. Paul, Minnesota

Recovery Prayer Breakfast

Saturday, September 22, 2018 – 10:00am
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Rally (Caps) for Recovery

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 – 7:00pm
Minneapolis, Minnesota

For more information on Recovery Month please visit SAMHSA (https://www.recoverymonth.gov/).

Ashley Christianson is a Therapist at PrairieCare Brooklyn Park Medical Office Building.  She sees patients in the new Dual Diagnosis Intensive Outpatient Program for young adults as well as in the outpatient clinic.