September is National Recovery Month and BHRS is seeking short narratives/testimonies (200 – 400 words) celebrating the success of people in recovery. Narratives may be published in the BHRS newsletter, Wellness Matters, posted online in the BHRS blog and in other San Mateo County communications and social media channels.
We are seeking a range of submissions reflecting diverse perspectives, cultures and personal experiences of recovery.
How to Submit:
- Submission deadline: August 18, 2017
- Submissions and/or questions can be emailed to Lauren Mascarenhas at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All submissions will be published with first name only (if anonymity is preferred please state so in your submission).
- All submissions must be accompanied by a signed release giving us your permission to publish your story. The form can also be found at: www.smcbhrsblog.org/consent-form
- All submissions are subject to review/editing/publication by BHRS.
- Longer narratives (up to 500 words) may be submitted for consideration but are subject to editing for length.
Board of Supervisors issue proclamation: Stephen Kaplan (BHRS Director), Laura Moore and Melissa Greenfield (recovery community), Supervisor David Pine
For more information about Recovery Month and upcoming events, visit smchealth.org/RecoveryMonth and facebook.com/RecoveryHappensInSanMateoCounty.
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
August 31, 2016
NATIONAL ALCOHOL AND DRUG ADDICTION RECOVERY MONTH, 2016
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Every day, millions of Americans prove that recovery from alcohol and substance use disorders is possible — yet at the same time, millions more are struggling with the disease of addiction. These individuals are our family members, friends, and neighbors, and when they are not able to get the help they need, our communities and our country are not as strong as they can be. It is up to all of us to help our loved ones seek life-saving services when needed and steer them toward recovery. Throughout this month, we celebrate the successes of all those who know the transformative power of recovery, and we renew our commitment to providing the support, care, and treatment that people need to forge a healthier life.
Substance use disorder, commonly known as addiction, is a disease of the brain, and many misconceptions surrounding it have contributed to harmful stigmas that can prevent individuals from seeking the treatment they need. By treating substance use disorders as seriously as other medical conditions, with an emphasis on prevention and treatment, people can recover. This month’s theme is, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery!”. Focusing on the importance of family support throughout recovery, it invites families, loved ones, and other individuals to share their stories and triumphs in fighting substance use disorders to inspire others that may follow in their footsteps. I encourage all Americans looking for assistance to use the “Treatment Locator” tool at www.SAMHSA.gov or call 1-800-662-HELP. Read more