At Pacific Shores, we hope you have found time to help raise awareness about suicide prevention. You may remember some of the suggestions we provided earlier in the month, such as posting infographics on social media. Spreading the message about suicide prevention is essential in the effort to reduce premature deaths and encourage people to reach out for recovery.
Fortunately, September is not over, and you still have a chance to get the word out about mental and behavioral health. About half of people who commit suicide have a diagnosed mental illness. More than one-third of those individuals have alcohol in their system at the time of death.
The crossroads between addiction, mental illness, and suicide cannot be ignored. We all must take time to make those who are suffering feel less alone. Many people working a program battled suicidal ideation in the past; their story can inspire hope in men and women who are still afflicted.
A small action can have an instrumental effect; it can even impel others to seek assistance. Recovery is a combined effort; it comes about only when the message is carried. Progress made is only held onto when recovery is passed on to those still struggling. Men and women working a program understand that they are obligated to pay it forward.
Each day, individuals help each other stay clean and sober; they come together at tens of thousands of meeting houses to share: what it was like, what happened, and what it’s like now. Experience, Strength, and Hope! That’s how it’s been done since the 1930s—a daily commitment to carrying the message.
National Recovery Month 2020
Many of our readers know that September is National Recovery Month. The annual observance is now in its 31st year. This time, each year, we acknowledge the progress of men and women who are working to keep addiction and mental illness at bay. Moreover, this is an opportune time to influence those still in the grips of their disease.
In years past, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration was responsible for spearheading National Recovery Month events. This year, Faces & Voices of Recovery leads the charge to end stigma and inspire hope during the international observance.
Faces & Voices of Recovery was founded in 2001 at a summit in St. Paul, Minnesota, with the goal of including addicts and alcoholics in the national debate about addiction policy. Literally, the face and voice of the over 23 million Americans in recovery and their families, the organization writes:
“Times have changed. The recovery community is unifying around key priorities – to gain needed resources and to end discrimination against people in recovery. We are working to eliminate barriers to recovery for every American, every family, and to help today’s children and future generations, who often are the biggest winners in the process of recovery.”
Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections
Who better than the addiction recovery community to take up where SAMHSA left off? The 2020 Recovery Month theme is apropos of the new way that the community is staying connected: “Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections.” Faces and Voices for Recovery “embraces the challenges experienced in 2020. When we celebrate our connections to the diversity of people from all walks of life striving for recovery, we find support and courage to speak up for inclusion, respect, and opportunity.”
All across the country, Faces & Voices and affiliated organizations are hosting events to raise awareness about addiction. If you would like to advertise or partake in an event, please click here. You can also utilize social media to help raise awareness; what you share can be an impetus for others to seek help for addiction.
Southern California Addiction Treatment
If you would like to begin a journey of healing, please contact Pacific Shores to learn more about our programs and services. We offer a full continuum of care from detox to sober living. At Pac Shores, we don’t just look to heal the individual; we look to heal the whole family. You can reach us at any time at (949) 574-2510.