Each year during National Recovery Month, we celebrate those who have faced adversity from mental health or substance use challenges. We typically use this month to encourage others who may be struggling, reflect on our own recoveries, and educate those seeking to support others.
This month is a reminder that at the core of recovery are individuals actively working on themselves. Every individual’s story and reasons for being in recovery should be acknowledged as their truths. Recovery can be unique to each person. We need to elevate those individuals, celebrate their successes, and support them when needed.
Every individual is entitled to the opportunity for recovery. In Philadelphia, we have a recovery-oriented system of care that encourages long-term support and recognizes that individuals may follow many pathways to recovery. Throughout the city, there are treatment options to support an individual’s recovery including evidenced-based practices, acute settings, and long-term resources.
Recovery is not typically an isolated process. Those closest to the individual can be involved in many ways. Family and close friends provide significant support and necessary connections. Being a reliable caregiver for those in recovery requires preparedness, knowledge of the resources, and a desire to support even when things are difficult.
An available, reliable caregiver can help improve chances of ongoing recovery. That individual now has someone to reach for if moments of crisis arise. They feel supported and encouraged to continue their transformation. Prepared caregivers may also break down pre-existing stigma or fear about the clinical system while building help-seeking behaviors, making it easier for the individual to engage the system on their own.
Recovery is a community process. Philadelphia has committed to building a recovery-oriented behavioral health system, but the need to encourage recovery goes beyond our clinical systems. Each community should be seeking to elevate the recovery conversation and support for anyone who may be seeking it.
Recovery should be accessible to anyone and everyone.
Recovery should be celebrated and supported whether its day one of the journey or year 20.
Recovery is attainable and sustainable.
Most importantly, recovery is for everyone.
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