September is National Recovery Month

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National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The observance’s main focus is to laud the gains made by those in recovery from these conditions, just as we would those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

Recovery Month, now in its 23rd year, highlights individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are living happy and healthy lives in long-term recovery and also honors the prevention, treatment, and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible, and also encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.

Celebrated during the month of September, thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and services around the country celebrate their successes and share them with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues in an effort to educate the public about recovery, how it works, for whom, and why. There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. These successes often go unnoticed by the broader population; therefore, Recovery Month provides a vehicle to celebrate these accomplishments.

The First Steps program is an OASAS licensed 822 Outpatient treatment program at Bridging Access to Care. First Steps is a medically supervised Substance Abuse treatment program for individuals with substance abuse disorders and co-occurring disorders. Our program offers an integrated client-centered treatment model with a psychodynamic rehabilitation approach that provides comprehensive assessment, engagement, education, counseling services in HIV/AIDS and substance abuse treatment in a three phased program. The program is offered during daytime, evening and Saturday hours. For more information, contact Keyowanna Hammonds, LCSW, Assistant Director of Behavioral Health (347) 505-5191 or to make an appointment call (347) 505-5198

Recovery Month, has become a year-round initiative that supports educational outreach and celebratory events throughout the year.

Click here for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) official National Recovery Month website.