Let’s increase awareness and celebrate successes of those in recovery. Those with mental health and/or substance abuse issues are fully capable of living happy and productive lives, and seeking recovery is the critical first step.
From SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration):
Now in its 26th year, Recovery Month highlights the achievements of individuals who have reclaimed their lives in long-term recovery and honors the treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month also promotes the message that recovery in all of its forms is possible and encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.
A young adult Straight Up volunteer has been open about his struggle with drug dependence. Growing up in a straight-laced household, he spiraled into substance abuse after a bad breakup in his senior year of high school. It wasn’t until he was confronted by his father that he finally had a moment of clarity, and was able to become sober through the help of family and through his faith.
He has been open about his experiences, and has spoken to groups about his struggles, which helps his own resolve to stay sober, productive, and focused.
It is through advocacy like this that the stigma of mental illness and substance abuse can be removed, and we can all communicate, collaborate, and help each other thrive.
Individuals needing mental health services or those experiencing a mental health crisis, call 24/7 at 866-998-2243.
Links and resources:
- About Recovery Month – SAMHSA
- Behavioral Health Clinics and Services Locations – Ventura County Behavioral Health (VCBH)
- Ventura County Alcohol/Drug Treatment Resources for Adults and Youth – VCBH
- NAMI Ventura – Education, Support and Recovery for Mental Illness