Alcohol Addiction Treatment
support group meets during national drug and alcohol recovery month
By BrightView
Author Dan Bielecki, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS
Dan Bielecki, LPCC-S, LICDC-CS

Dan is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with supervision designation (LPCC-S) and a Licensed Independent Chemical Dependency Counselor... read more

Published: September 13, 2021
Updated: September 14, 2021

National Drug and Alcohol Recovery Month is celebrated each year in September. The goal of this annual celebration is to bring attention to the achievements of those in recovery. Even if a person has completed a rehab program, their work is far from done. While sobriety is a lifelong endeavor, an ongoing addiction treatment program can provide people with long-term support to stay in recovery for good.

BrightView is dedicated to helping you get sober and heal from co-occurring mental health conditions, so you have the best chance of a successful, lasting recovery. Our drug and alcohol recovery programs provide a customized treatment plan with a combination of medication, therapy, and support. We know how tough it is to overcome addiction, and we are here to help you every step of the way. Call us today at 1-833-510-HELP to learn more about the benefits of our addiction treatment programs.

What Is Addiction Recovery?

There is no single clear-cut definition for addiction recovery, although it is often regarded as the process of actively abstaining from substance use. Recovery is a lifelong journey since there is no cure for addiction. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has identified four components of recovery:

  • Community – This consists of your friends, family, and other support systems, such as recovery groups that provide love and support for your healing journey.
  • Health – This encompasses your choices to nourish your mind and body as you strive for a sober lifestyle.
  • Home – A healthy, supportive home environment is essential for your recovery, whether it be living with family, a significant other, a roommate, or in a sober house.
  • Purpose – Having meaningful experiences in your life can help keep you focused on maintaining your sobriety. These can include holding down a job, caring for your family, volunteering, and spending time on hobbies.

How Do You Celebrate National Drug and Alcohol Recovery Month?

Just as you would honor someone who has beaten cancer or congratulate someone who has overcome their medical problems by following a healthy diet and exercise regimen, you can also celebrate someone who has begun recovery. Recovery is no easy task, and many people who have recovered from drug and alcohol addiction will continue to work hard for the long term to maintain their sobriety.

A new theme is selected each year for National Drug and Alcohol Recovery Month. The 2021 theme is “Recovery is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community.” The intention for this year’s theme is to emphasize that addiction can affect anyone. It is not limited to a person’s race, religion, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or economic status. Since anyone can experience addiction, everyone deserves access to the treatment they need for recovery. And in the spirit of National Drug and Alcohol Recovery Month, everyone in recovery deserves to be celebrated for their hard work.

Here are some ideas for honoring a loved one in recovery during National Drug and Alcohol Recovery Month:

  • Send them a message or a card telling them you are proud of them.
  • Start a new tradition by planning a weekend getaway with them each September to commemorate their sobriety.
  • Treat them to a dinner out at their favorite restaurant.
  • Throw them a sober party or barbecue and toast them with mocktails.
  • Send them a surprise gift in the mail or have their favorite takeout food delivered to their door.

These are just a few possibilities for honoring your loved ones and recognizing their efforts to maintain a sober lifestyle. Whether you go big or small, the most important thing is that you show them you care.

BrightView: Celebrating Your Drug and Alcohol Recovery

Your drug and alcohol recovery journey can start now when you call BrightView at 1-833-510-HELP. Our drug and alcohol recovery programs are science-backed and proven to help our patients break free from the grip of addiction. We also provide ongoing addiction treatment to help keep you on track, so National Drug and Alcohol Recovery Month can be a happy reminder of your recovery success.