Recovery Month and This Year’s Walk Against Addiction

By on September 19, 2020

Now in its 31st year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.

Each September, Recovery Month works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.

The theme for 2020 National Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections.

SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) has delineated four major dimensions that support a life in recovery:
  • Health—overcoming or managing one’s disease(s) or symptoms—for example, abstaining from use of alcohol, illicit drugs, and non-prescribed medications if one has an addiction problem—and, for everyone in recovery, making informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being
  • Home—having a stable and safe place to live
  • Purpose—conducting meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors, and the independence, income, and resources to participate in society
  • Community—having relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope

Hope, the belief that these challenges and conditions can be overcome, is the foundation of recovery. A person’s recovery is built on his or her strengths, talents, coping abilities, resources, and inherent values. It is holistic, addresses the whole person and their community, and is supported by peers, friends, and family members.”

Important connections to recovery in the Outer Banks include the 12 Step Programs of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Nar-Anon and CoDependents Anonymous.  Information on all of those programs is available online, providing current connections with the programs over telephone and/or Zoom. Some of the groups have begun to meet in person, with social distancing and masks. The local Nar-Anon meeting will resume in person meetings on September 24, with masks required. Meetings are Thursdays, from 7 to 8 pm at 111 W. Carlton, Kill Devil Hills. Contact number is 703-402-3501.

Another  connection for the Outer Banks community is the Annual Walk Against Addiction. Proceeds from the Walk are used to help residents of the Outer Banks. They have “helped many people get into Oxford Houses on the OBX — we provide a deposit and first week’s rent to get them on their feet!  We also still provide limited transportation to rehab facilities.  Our needs are greater than ever as so many of our people in this county are no longer in recovery and relapsed.  The Walk will continue to help those in need.  If you wish to make a contribution, please make a check payable to Walk Against Addiction and send it to  142 Charleston Drive, Grandy NC  27939.”

Sources: 1); 2); 3) Nar-Anon correspondence;  4)  personal correspondence with Brenda Thacker, Walk Against Addiction and 3) Nar-Anon

Jo Ann Hummers, EdD, is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. She has a private practice at the Nags Head Professional Center. Her work includes assessments and treatment for DWIs and other drug offenses, smoking cessation sessions, and treatment for gambling and other addictions.

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