End The Silence.
National Recovery Month 2015
Two-thirds of American families have been touched by addiction. Think about that. It is a staggering statistic. It means that a large majority of us have a family member, co-worker, neighbor, or friend who has struggled with substance abuse.
And yet, we don’t talk about it openly like any other type of chronic illness. The subject is plagued by myths and overwhelming misinformation. “He did this to himself.” “She could stop if she really wanted to.” “He has no moral compass.“ How often have these and similar judgments entered your thoughts when confronted with addiction? This is stigma. Stigma not only keeps people from seeking help, it also hurts those who are living successfully in recovery.
Recovery is real and it’s everywhere. More than 23 million Americans are living in recovery from substance abuse. At Prelude, we feel privileged to witness recovery every day. By sharing our stories and talking freely about recovery, we can break down the stigma and encourage others to seek help. Together, we can end the silence and bring the promise and the reality of recovery out into the open.
September is National Recovery Month. For the first time ever, there will be a march on The National Mall in Washington DC. “Unite To Face Addiction” will take place on October 4, 2015. Details about the event can be found at https://www.facingaddiction.org. Prelude is joining this national movement to end the silence and stand up for recovery through an on-line project with our clients. The Prelude Project features personal discoveries made by individuals in recovery and stories of success. Follow The Prelude Project on Facebook and Twitter (#voicesofsubstance and #preludevoices), and view all of the client discoveries on Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/preludeiowa. If you or someone you know would like to submit a personal recovery story, we encourage everyone to go to the link on our homepage at www.preludeiowa.org.
Recovery is all of us. Speak up, and encourage others to do so as well. When we end the silence, we help so many others begin their recovery journey.
Ron Berg, CEO
Prelude Behavioral Services