Addiction touches the lives of virtually everyone. Whether you’re in recovery yourself or know someone who is, you’ve seen the impact that it can have. September is National Recovery Month and a wonderful time to strengthen your commitment to advocating for addiction treatment and recovery. Here are some ways that you can become more involved:
Write Letters: Write to your local representatives or state legislators about the importance of addiction treatment and empowering those in recovery. Show your support for bills that can make a positive difference. Every voice counts, so don’t sit back and assume others will speak up instead.
Share Your Story: Talk about your journey to recovery. You never know who you will inspire to seek help or give recovery another try. If you’re not personally in recovery, share the story of how addiction has affected your family. It’s important for people to understand the broad impact and that addiction does not discriminate.
Educate Others: Volunteer to take part in educational opportunities such as speaking at schools, community programs, or local organizations. Teach others about drug addiction and alcoholism, causes, prevention measures, treatment, recovery, and more. As the old saying goes, knowledge is power.
Attend Recovery Events: If there are recovery events taking place near you, join in and show your support. If you’re feeling ambitious, you may even help plan or host an event in your area to raise awareness and generate more support. More can be accomplished when everyone works together.
You may not always see the results of your efforts, but that doesn’t mean you haven’t had an impact. You never know who is listening to your story and whose life your words can change. Even if you just reach out to one person, it matters. Seacliff empowers clients and their families through comprehensive addiction treatment from intervention through sober living.Join the conversation on Facebook and let us know how you advocate for recovery!