Posted by Christopher Curran ● Sep 19, 2019 2:58:59 PM

National Recovery Month – Be the Hero of Your Own Story

According to, around 10 percent of American adults consider themselves to be living their lives in recovery. To say that is something to celebrate, would be an understatement. National Recovery Month celebrates that 10 percent, as well as serving as a time to remember everyone we’ve lost over the years to drugs and alcohol.


Living life in successful recovery goes much deeper than sobriety. It’s a lot of work. It takes processing traumas, big and small, applying healthy coping mechanisms and much more. It takes rewiring your thought process to react appropriately (or not react) to the world around you from the time you wake up until the time you go to sleep. It takes patience, strength, willingness, honesty and open-mindedness. The list goes on, and books could be (and have been) written on it  – as I said, it takes a lot of hard work.

The work is worth every second. Once living successfully in recovery with a real solution to “life,” you are at peace with the world around you. You get restful nights, belly-laughing, happiness, pride, love, compassion, authentic connection with the people around you; fears begin to dissipate… a beautiful life begins to unfold around you. Only 10 percent of Americans have experienced successfully living in recovery. You should be incredibly proud of yourself when you reach this accomplishment. 


National Recovery Month serves to show how possible and worthwhile recovery can be. The juice is worth the squeeze. Unfortunately, many Americans don’t get the help they need to live a sober, happy and free life.

  • Only 12 percent of adults who need treatment for substance abuse disorder receive any help.
  • More specifically, given the current crisis, only 28 percent of adults suffering from opioid addiction receive treatment. Furthermore, overdose deaths have almost doubled in the ten years between 2007 and 2017, according to a study done by The Center for Disease Control:
  • In another study done by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and  Alcoholism around 90,000 people die every year in an alcohol-related death.

Based on the referenced studies above, drugs and alcohol effectively cost the lives of around 160,000 people per year. That figure is close to one of the following city’s entire populations dying in 365 days, almost 450 people per day.

  • Eugene, Oregon
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Oceanside, California
  • Jackson, Mississippi

Yes, National Recovery Month is about celebrating health, happiness and overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds. The month helps to bring awareness to the blessings of recovery and to encourage people who need support. It is equally about remembering all those we’ve lost along the way.


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Recovery is possible and much more comfortable with the help, support, and guidance from professionals and peers. The hardest part is taking the first step, and in doing so, 160,000 deaths could be avoided annually.

Are you ready to change the narrative of your story? Give us a call to talk about addiction treatment: 949-342-4229. 


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