Mental and/or substance use disorders (also known as behavioral health conditions) affect millions of individuals, as well as their families and friends who are concerned about them. Many opportunities exist to help them reclaim their lives, restore their relationships, and build promising futures. With the right care, support, and commitment, people with behavioral health conditions can improve their health and direct their own recovery path.
The 23rd annual National Recovery Month event this September will celebrate the effectiveness of treatment services and the reality of recovery. Recovery Month is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
This year the Cherokee/Ida Family Treatment Court participants are giving back to their community by cleaning up the Family Treatment Court section of Highway 59 just south of Cherokee on Sept. 26. Family Treatment Court promotes service projects as one of several ways to assist the participants in building healthy and supportive ties to their own community.
The Cherokee/Ida Family Treatment Court will also be joining forces with Woodbury, Plymouth, Sioux, Lyon, O'Brien, Buena Vista, Clay and Dickinson counties, to celebrate the 3rd Annual Substance Abuse Recovery Walk and Celebration in Spencer on Saturday, Sept. 29.
The Recovery Walk festivities start with registration at 11 a.m., followed by a noon walk down Spencer's Grand Avenue that will be filled with hundreds of people celebrating all stages of recovery. The event features inspirational speaker, Pat McGill, who hopes to energize, enthuse and inspire the crowd during a celebration at Leach Park after the walk. There will also be activities and games for the families and children throughout the day provided by Positively Spencer Youth, as well as food and music for all to enjoy.
The Walk is to raise awareness about substance abuse recovery and provide resources surrounding addition.
The Celebration will honor individuals, their families and organizations that support prevention, treatment, and substance abuse recovery.
This year's theme, "Join the Voices for Recovery: It's Worth It," emphasizes that while the road to recovery may be difficult, the benefits of preventing and overcoming mental and/or substance use disorders are significant and valuable to individuals, families, and communities. People in recovery achieve healthy lifestyles, both physically and emotionally, and contribute in positive ways to their communities. They also prove to family members, friends, and others that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover.
The Recovery Month campaign aligns with many of SAMHSA's Strategic Initiatives, which guide SAMHSA's work to help people with mental and/or substance use disorders, their communities, and their families. SAMHSA works to help people prevent and overcome costly behavioral health conditions and to promote overall health and well-being for all Americans.