It’s that time of year again! 

That’s right, Recovery Month! 🥳

What is Recovery Month?

For 32 years, the month of September has been dedicated as National Recovery Month. It's a month to raise awareness that recovery from addiction is possible, prevention works, and treatment is effective. It also serves as a reminder of the importance of behavioral and emotional wellbeing. 

This year’s Recovery Month theme is, “Recovery is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community.” 

We all know someone who has been affected by addiction and about the stigma that’s tragically associated with it. We talk about it to our friends and our family behind closed doors, not realizing that it’s far more common than we think. 

When we talk openly about addiction, about the process, and the journey to recovery, we help dismantle stigma and stop injustice associated with this disease. We start to empathize and support rather than shy-away and feel defeated. 

What is Recovery?

Recovery can mean different things to different people, and that’s okay. At Confidant, we empower our guests to define recovery on their own terms. 

For some, this means living each day in the here and now - free of drugs and alcohol.

Others embrace recovery that involves improved mental and emotional health, while regaining control of substance use. They may identify as moderators or California Sober, and some don’t put a name to it - that’s okay too! 

Recovery is also embraced by family members of those struggling with addiction. Addiction impacts the whole family, and often, each family member needs some support along the way. Many of the family members we work with relate this to the safety instructions to “put your own oxygen mask on before helping others.”

However you embrace recovery, and wherever you are in your journey, Recovery Month is for you.

Talking About Recovery Month

Although addiction is a taboo and misunderstood topic, many people are impacted by this condition, either personally or through a friend or family member. Talking about addiction and recovery can help correct harmful misinformation and reduce stigma. 

You might think that talking about addiction can drive people away, but it can be extremely helpful to bring it up. Many people are suffering in silence, and bringing up the topic can elicit relief and create a safe and shared space. Your stories and vulnerability can help foster a meaningful environment for others who have been there too.

If you’re wondering how to talk to a friend or loved one about their substance use, our in-house communication expert Dr. Teresa Spencer recommends using open-ended questions. Trying to convince someone that they may have a problem usually results in resistance. Instead, focus on listening. If the person indicates they have thought about quitting or cutting back, ask them what has kept them from being able to make that change.

Remember, recovery is a journey and we are here to help.

Celebrating Recovery 

Typically, Recovery Month festivities are held in communities across the country, including cookouts, jam sessions, runs, tailgates, and more. With COVID-19 and our long-distance members in mind, we decided to take a different approach.

In celebration of Recovery Month this year, Confidant Health has decided to do something special. We’ve launched a pop-up Facebook group for a virtual month-long celebration. Anyone can join the group!

Throughout September, we’ll share stories and answer questions. We’ll post exclusive DIY challenges, exercises, tips, recipes, developed in collaboration with our own providers, coaches, and community members.

You can look forward to mocktail recipes, guided meditations, conversation starters, and educational information. 

We hope you’ll join us to celebrate recovery, this month, and every day!

Check it out here