Recovery: an act or instance of recovering; the process of combating a disorder or problem; a return to a normal state of health, mind or strength; the action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost. Synonyms: retrieval, reclamation, recouping, redemption, recuperation.
Think about this for a couple of minutes. If you drop your diamond ring into the lake are you going to leave it there or are you going to retrieve it? When natural resources like coal are mined, the land must undergo reclamation to return it to its natural state as much as possible. In the religious realm, when a soul is "saved" it is redeemed. When you have surgery or have been very physically ill you recuperate. Why would someone NOT want to recover their good mental and physical health? Recovery is NOT a bad word.
September is National Recovery Month. This is the 25th year for it's observation. It "promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery for mental and substance use disorders; celebrates people in recovery; lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible." This year, the watchwords are, "Speak up, reach out."
National Recovery Month 2014 is about "mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery and promotes ways individuals can use to recognize behavioral health issues and reach out for help."
You have impact on the world around you. You influence members of your family, your school or workplace, church, pool league, and throughout your community. You may never know how far-reaching your influence even is!
These days, people are less inclined to keep skeletons in the closet because they have learned that healing comes when they can talk to someone who listens, really listens, and guides them toward "recovery."
"Behavioral health is essential to overall health prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover," advises SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.)
Here are a few headlines for your consideration:
- In the United Kingdom, one in three people struggle at work because of depression, stress or burnout. Only half of them talked to anyone. But those who did confide in a colleague found that talking helped them to feel better. Medical News Today reported on this study.
Have you ever apologized to a friend for ranting and been told, "We all need to vent sometime"? Or have you said those words to a friend who just needed to let off a little steam?
- Substance use/abuse at school was found to be "associated with increased odds of depression, intimate partner violence and attempted suicide," reports Psych Central.
- Nightmares may signal a child is being bullied, according to Science Daily.
"Many children who are bullied suffer in silence," the report said. "The trauma can lead to anxiety, depression, psychotic episodes and even suicide."
Family Recovery Center promotes the well being of individuals, families and communities with education, prevention and treatment programs for behavioral issues. For more information about recovery contact the agency at 964 N. Market St., Lisbon; phone, 330-424-1468; or e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. FRC is funded, in part, by OhioMHAS (Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services).