By Jo Ann Hummers 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.
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) https://rm.facesandvoicesofrecovery.org/?deliveryName=USCDC_1026-DM37247; 2) https://www.samhsa.gov/recovery; 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.