On August 31, 2021, the White House officially released their proclamation that September is National Recovery month. This month is a great time to hold space for someone you know in recovery. Whether your loved one is in long term recovery of over 30 years, or has been in recovery for 30 days, it is a monumental success that deserves great recognition.
People in recovery may have experienced significant hurdles in the past year and a half due to the pandemic. From lockdown orders to political and social turmoil, there are many stressors and potential triggers that can send someone working so hard, into a state of despair and struggle. This September, we celebrate everyone in recovery, and those who are gaining the momentum to get there soon.
Here are simple reminders for how you can support someone you know who is in recovery from a substance use disorder. Practicing active, compassionate listening is a great way to show that you care, and that you are a dependable system of support. Follow this link to learn more about active listening.