Millions of people struggle with substance addictions each year. The National Survey on Drug Use and Mental Health found that 8.5 percent of the US population had a substance dependence or abuse problem. Every September, SAMHSA sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.
Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. There are many pathways that support recovery from substance abuse:
How You Can Support Recovery Month:
1. Learn to Listen & Don't Judge: Be available to listen to your loved one’s victories and struggles, and refrain from criticism and negativity. Instead, express love for your loved one and praise his decision to maintain sobriety.
2. Learn to recognize the physical and behavioral signs of alcohol and other drug abuse.
Increased aggression or irritability, change in attitude/personality, lethargy, depression, sudden changes in habits and priorities, financial problems, involvement in criminal activity.
3. Provide a drug-free zone for friends and family in recovery, and encourage substance-free activities: One of the biggest predictors of long-term recovery is whether or not users live in drug-free environments.
4. Encourage a friend or family member in need of help to attend a substance abuse treatment or counseling program: Recovering addicts can interact with other recovering addicts while receiving encouragement.
5. Be Patient: Recovery is a long process.
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