Every September is recognized as National Drug Addiction Recovery Month, and it’s important that those who are sober or even beginning on their journey of sobriety know this. This month is to recognize people who have overcome their addiction as well as families who have been able to come out on the other side of such a difficult situation. In modern times, addiction isn’t as stigmatized as it once was, but there are still many misconceptions and stereotypes about addiction that make some people afraid to get help. By celebrating your story and your recovery during National Drug Addiction Recovery Month, you may be able to help save someone’s life.
Your Story is Your Most Powerful Asset
Addiction can leave people feeling extremely isolated and alone. The disease of addiction can make people think that nobody understands what they’re going through. Alcoholics Anonymous was the first group to really see that one addict or alcoholic sharing their story with another alcoholic or addict has the most impact. The reason this is so beneficial is because it gives those still struggling the hope that they can recover from addiction as well. In the early days of recovery, it can seem crazy to think that someday your story will be able to help other people, but there’s always someone out there who shares a similar story and is struggling, who can really benefit from what you have to say.
Helping Other Families
Families of addicts and alcoholics have a lot to share as well. Whether your loved one is sober or still in recovery, you may be able to help other families who are going through the same. There are many families of addicts and alcoholics out there who have a loved one that’s still active in their addiction, and it’s helpful for them to hear how other families deal with it in a healthy way. They get even more help from families who have had their family reunited because of a person’s recovery. This gives a family hope that no matter how their loved one may have been changed by their addiction, there is a chance for him or her to get well.
Breaking the Stigma
Addiction doesn’t discriminate, and it affects all types of people from different backgrounds. The more people and families who open up about how addiction has affected their lives during times like National Drug Addiction Recovery Month means more people will become aware of the issue. Many people fall to the delusion that addiction only happens to people who live in certain parts of the country or have specific backgrounds. However, the truth of the matter is that many people who are addicts can be hiding their issues and so it is only from outside appearance that they look like they’re living a normal life.
Together, we can help raise awareness about addiction and help those who are struggling. Addiction is a legitimate illness, and when more people talk about addiction and recovery, more people can begin to get the help that they so desperately need.