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September is Recovery Month

“Tough Love”

(Due to the sensitivity of this story, aliases have been used)

The Chautauqua Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Council (CASAC) is on the direct lines of keeping families destroyed by substance abuse, intact. Through its intervention services, CASAC is able to help facilitate healing and hope, by engaging the abuser in a caring and non-confrontational way. But sometimes the path to healing and hope can be a bit rocky. Such is the case with Sue and her son, who was addicted to crack cocaine. He had lost everything—his job, his friends, and his girlfriend. But Sue was not ready to give up on him just yet. Faced with the tough decision to let her son’s destructive habits continue, or to have him arrested, Sue decided on the latter in order to save the one she loved. With the help of CASAC staff, Sue was able to slowly bridge the gap between mother and son. And although their relationship still needs healing, the process of recovery has begun because of some tough love. By supporting CASAC through the United Way, you help families torn apart by substance abuse slowly re-connect with their loved ones. As a United Way partner agency, CASAC is committed to stopping substance abuse through education, intervention, and sometimes.... tough love.

What is Recovery Month?

Recovery Month is an annual observance that takes place during the month of September. The Recovery Month observance highlights the societal benefits of substance abuse treatment, lauds the contributions of treatment providers and promotes the message that recovery from substance abuse in all its forms is possible. The observance also encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective substance abuse treatment for those in need.

National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month banner

Recovery Month provides a platform to celebrate people in recovery and those who serve them. Substance abuse treatment providers have made significant accomplishments, having transformed the lives of untold thousands of Americans. These successes often go unnoticed by the broader population; therefore, Recovery Month provides a vehicle to celebrate these successes.

Recovery Month also serves to educate the public on substance abuse as a national health crisis, that addiction is a treatable disease, and that recovery is possible. Recovery Month highlights the benefits of treatment for not only the affected individual, but for their family, friends, workplace, and society as a whole. Educating the public reduces the stigma associated with addiction and treatment. Accurate knowledge of the disease helps people to understand the importance of supporting treatment programs, those who work within the treatment field, and those in need of treatment.

Voices for Recovery: Stories

Across the country, people in recovery are celebrating their successes and sharing them with others in an effort to educate the public about treatment, how it works, for whom, and why. Because these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, Voices for Recovery provides a vehicle for people to share their recovery stories.

Click here to read the stories.