Did you know that September was National Recovery Month? It was created to shed light on those that have worked hard to fight addiction as well as encourage those that have yet to find recovery to take a leap and get clean.
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Annual Western Regional Recovery Rally Highlights
Recovery Month was celebrated for the 26th time this year! Thousands of prevention, treatment and recovery programs as well as drug rehab facilities around the nation joined together to celebrate. They shared stories, testimonies, knowledge, awareness and more about substance abuse and how it can affect your life. They also shared how the road to recovery isn't easy, but it is always possible.
On September 10, 2016 the second annual Western Regional Recovery Rally was well underway, hoping to bring awareness to addiction recovery, mental illness and other life challenges. This community celebration is part of National Recovery Month that is recognized during the entire month of September.
The event was free to everyone and also included a recovery walk around Lake Junalusaka. There was free food, drinks, inspirational speakers, children's activities and recovering addicts who are willing to talk to individuals about substance-abuse and recovery.
It was a successful rally that exceeded all expectations.
We all know how troublesome addiction and mental health issues can be. It can cause problems for anyone. Addiction does not discriminate. Believe it or not, almost 10% of 12-year-old children or older have been addicted to alcohol or drugs in 2015. Even more, 18% of all US citizens that are adult aged have experienced mental illness in 2015.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, from 2009-2013, each year about 233,000 people ages 12 and older were dependent on or abused illicit drugs, while roughly 406,000 individuals ages 12 and older were dependent on or abused alcohol within the same period.
In 2014 alone, more than half of North Carolina’s 1,100-plus reported unintentional poisoning cases involving prescription opioid painkillers, heroin or cocaine.
At the rally this year, Richie Tannerhilll, rally organizer and peer trainer at Smoky Mountain MCO, stated, “I had a vision that we needed to bring recovery out of the darkness and into the light. Our theme this year is ‘recovery community equals healthier community,’ with the ‘unity’ underlined. Last year we had more than 800 people and we expect about 1,200 to show up today."
Tannerhill also went on to talk about those who've been arrested for drug abuse. "To get out from incarceration with no supports in place, it makes it tough, and so when we have a community that understands that recovery happens in the community, more things open up.”
If you are interested in next year's rally, be sure to check out the following information. You'll find email addresses, websites and phone numbers to contact in regards to this recovery celebration.
- www.facebook.com/WesternRegionalRecoveryRally or
- Contact Richie Tannerhill at 1-800-893-6246, ext. 1157 or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org
- For more information on National Recovery Month, visit www.recoverymonth.gov
- The event will be held on September 10th, 2017 and everyone is welcome to join!
If you, or someone you love, are a recovering addict and would like to join in on the celebration, even though National Recovery Month has passed, feel free to do so. Celebrating recovery is a great way to remind yourself of the achievements you've made along the way.
Have a small party at home with friends and family or go out and have dinner together. Remember your struggle and the path that lead you to a healthy, drug free life! Share your story. You may help someone in need of drug rehab without even realizing it.
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