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September is National Recovery Month

Sep 04, 2018 • by Council on Chemical Abuse
Council on Chemical Abuse

Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders & celebrate those in recovery.

The annual theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community.

How to Assist Someone in Recovery

Addiction affects the individual as well as their family, friends, coworkers, etc. When a problem is discovered, the first question of many is, “what can I do?” If you have a loved one beginning their journey in recovery, it is important to understand the process on which they are ready to embark. Understanding the process allows loved ones to offer compassion to the addicted individual, while also offering support along the way.

Another important way to assist a loved one is to understand the importance of getting help for all family members. The disease of addiction affects everyone involved; there can be feelings of guilt, shame, rejection, resentment, violence, financial trouble, etc. Dealing with these issues will only make it easier to begin and continue the healing process.

Therapy

Family therapy and addiction counseling are important for both the addicted individual and the family. Recovery is a time of change and the engagement of a neutral party assists in the healing process for all parties. While addiction therapy/counseling is strongly encouraged for the addicted individual, the family also benefit, by becoming aware of their own needs in the healing process.

Twelve-Step Meetings for Families and FriendsAdult Children of Alcoholics (ACA/ACOA) (310) 534-1815Al-Anon/Alateen 1-888-4AL-ANON (1-888-425-2666) Mon- Fri, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Berks County Meeting ScheduleNar-Anon 1-855-NAR-ANON(627-2666) Meeting Schedule for Eastern PAGam-Anon (718) 352-1671  Meeting ScheduleS-Anon (800) 210-8141 Meeting ScheduleHave you recently lost a loved one to a drug overdose?

You are not alone. GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing) meets in Berks County. CLICK HERE for more information.

Are you a parent of an individual struggling with addiction?

Caron provides a parent support group. CLICK HERE for more information.

Other Resources/Articles

6 Important Steps to Being An Effective Recovery Ally

How to Talk with Your Niece, Nephew or Other Family Member about their Drug Use

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