addiction and recovery

"What Does National Recovery Month Mean To You?" We Asked A Few of Our Peer Recovery Specialists For Their Answers

September 15, 2020

To shine a light on National Recovery Month, BrightView is excited to continue celebrating the theme, #VoicesOfRecovery. What better way to express this than with our staff's voices who understand this journey of sobriety? Our Peer Recovery Support Specialists are one of a kind; they have experienced addiction, and now they triumph in recovery. Their testimonies are living proof that healing can happen, no matter how difficult it seems.

We posed this question, "What does National Recovery Month mean to you?" to our Peer Recovery Support Specialists.  Here are three of their answers:

“Recovery month means celebrating that recovery is possible. Looking back at where I was and where I am now. Being grateful for all the people that poured into me and helped make change possible. Thinking of all the obstacles I have overcome and knowing that if I can do it so can others. I celebrate recovery because I know what’s it’s like to live in the hell of addiction.”

“Much like every month, this month is a little more special to me. Recovery month gives me an opportunity to be a voice for the voiceless. I can remember back in 2016 when I was in early recovery I felt alone. I felt like there was no hope. But I heard someone share something at a meeting that inspired me. It gave me hope. It gave me strength. I took that and ran with it. Now, today, I am that voice for that one person that needs hope, inspiration, strength. Truth is, we are all stronger than we give ourselves credit for. Sometimes we just need one person to lift our chin up and say, “You can do this!” A little bit of love can go a very long way in someone’s recovery.”

"Recovery month, to me means that people like me are recognized for our hard work, determination and perseverance. We have a chance to be heard a little more, seen a little more and valued a little more. With each year that goes by, our work to raise awareness and end stigma against SUD, is working more and more. People are coming together and having the compassion that is needed to make the cultural changes required to increase the amount of people we celebrate in recovery, versus people who have died from overdoses or are still struggling. Recovery month is special because we are able to celebrate our recovery."

Recovery month can mean whatever you want it to mean to you.  That is the beauty of recovery, every story is different and every story is amazing.  If you need help, reach out to us today at 1-833-510-HELP to discuss treatment options. BrightView offers drug treatment centers that take Medicaid and Medicare throughout the state of Ohio, so if payment is a concern, please know that there are options available that can help.

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