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Friday, September 25, 2020

Suicide Prevention Month 2020

Suicide Prevention Month

With National Recovery Month coming to a close, we would like to remind you that you still have time to get involved. Even now you can help raise awareness and celebrate your success or the progress of others in recovery. Events will continue until the end of the month; it's not too late to attend. 

 

Addiction and mental illness often go hand and hand. More than half of men and women living with a use disorder also have a co-occurring mental health disorder. Those who meet either criteria must receive the help they require to bring about recovery. 

 

Both mental and behavioral health disorders require treatment and continued maintenance to prevent relapse. Those who seek addiction treatment but don't address conditions like depression or bipolar disorder are unlikely to have favorable outcomes. 

 

At Celebrate Hope, we treat addiction and any dual diagnosis simultaneously to ensure our clients have the best opportunity for long-term recovery. Our team understands the complex nature of mental illnesses and how they can impact alcohol or substance use disorders. 

 

When mental illness that accompanies addiction is ignored, individuals are more likely to relapse. Such individuals are at a more significant risk of experiencing suicidal ideations as well. While September is Recovery Month, it is also National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

 

There is a good reason for the observances taking place simultaneously: substance use and mental illness are almost always a factor in suicides. California's Each Mind Matters campaign is encouraging organizations that observe Suicide Prevention Month to place a "special focus on the intersection between suicide prevention, alcohol and drug use and efforts that foster resilience and recovery." 

 

National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

 

While September is coming to an end, you still have an opportunity to raise awareness about the salient topic of suicide. Many people in the grips of addiction contemplate and attempt to take their lives, and there are things you can do to give them hope. 

 

This month, many people have shared their experiences in order to encourage others to seek help for addiction or mental illness. Suicide is preventable, and you can be a part of the solution. Organizations like the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) have a platform for getting the message out that suicide isn't the answer, and recovery is possible. 

 

You can share your story on the subject of suicide. All month, NAMI is featuring personal stories about how suicidal ideation/behaviors or suicide prevention have affected people's lives or what the message of "You Are Not Alone" means. 

 

Social media accounts are excellent for disseminating facts about suicide. NAMI has created a plethora of infographics for all the major social media platforms to aid you in the mission to raise awareness. When more people have the facts, they can better intervene on behalf of a loved one. 

 

For instance, did you know that more than one in three people who die by suicide are found to be under the influence of alcohol? Or that 46 percent of suicides have a diagnosed mental health condition? What's more, 90 percent of people who die by suicide experience mental illness symptoms. 

 

If you'd like to share infographics, please click here. NAMI recommends using #SuicidePrevention or #StigmaFree when posting to expand the reach of your audience. Your participation can impact the lives of others. NAMI writes:  

 

"While suicide prevention is important to address year-round, Suicide Prevention Awareness Month provides a dedicated time to come together with collective passion and strength around a difficult topic. The truth is, we can all benefit from honest conversations about mental health conditions and suicide, because just one conversation can change a life." 

 

Faith-Based Co-Occurring Disorder Treatment

 

Please contact Celebrate Hope if you or someone you love is struggling with addiction and co-occurring mental illnesses. Our faith-based treatment center can help you reconnect with God and begin the journey of recovery. We utilize cutting edge treatment modalities and Christian counseling to help our clients change their lives.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Celebrating Connections in Recovery

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In June, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) made a significant announcement regarding the future of National Recovery Month (Recovery Month). The agency stated that the Recovery Month torch was now in the hands of the men and women in recovery.

For 30 years, SAMHSA and its directors have acted as a leader in the fight to break the stigma of addiction, advocate for health parity, and get the message out that recovery is possible. Now, Faces & Voices of Recovery will lead the way; the initiative writes:

"Though SAMHSA will no longer sponsor this celebration, their support of Recovery Month continues as they embrace the community's efforts to speak about the gains made by those in recovery and share our stories with neighbors, friends, and colleagues...Whether our faces and voices are shared through digital platforms or safe, social-distanced gatherings, we celebrate the millions of people who have found, are finding, and have yet to find this path to hope, health, and personal growth." 

We have a long way to go in the fight to end the stigma preventing individuals living with mental illness and addiction from reaching out for help. However, when the recovery community and fellowship come together with a common voice, significant feats are achievable.

While SAMHSA is no longer the spearhead of Recovery Month, they are still hosting recovery-related webinars throughout the month.

Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections


"Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections" is this year's theme for Recovery Month. Faces & Voices of Recovery writes that the theme:

"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." 

2020 is likely the most challenging year ever for the addiction and mental health recovery community. Healing is a process that comes about when men and women join forces. The COVID-19 pandemic made and is still making it hard for the community to meet on common ground; the internet is a godsend in that regard.

Without digital meeting platforms, maintaining one's sobriety would've been an even more formidable challenge. Thankfully, many parts of the country have made gains containing the coronavirus. However, many of you are still meeting online, especially those who are immunocompromised and can't risk contracting COVID-19.

"Whether our faces and voices are shared through digital platforms or safe, social-distanced gatherings we celebrate the millions of people who have found, are finding, and have yet to find this path to hope, health, and personal growth." 

We hope you can take part in Recovery Month 2020. There are many events listed on the Recovery Month website that you can attend and check your local area resource listings. You can also spread the message of hope for the alcoholic or addict still suffering; social media is an excellent way to share the message of recovery.

If you or your organization is planning on hosting an event this month, be sure to let Faces & Voices know the details. The initiative can help you get more participants and expand the reach of your message.

Reach for Recovery in 2020


Please contact Celebrate Hope for more information about our faith-based addiction recovery programs and services. We can assist you or a loved one get on the path toward lasting recovery and help you reconnect with your higher power, Jesus Christ. National Recovery Month is an opportunity to break the cycle of addiction and begin the healing process.
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