9.2.22 – National Recovery Month

Hi, I’m Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman, the Health Officer for Anne Arundel County. Welcome to our Weekly Health Update. September is National Recovery Month. It’s a time to celebrate individuals in recovery from substance abuse and offer hope to those who are struggling with it. 

What is recovery?

Recovery is a process of change to improve your health and wellness as you strive to reach your full potential. When we talk about recovering from substance use — whether it’s drugs or alcohol, this process includes clinical treatment, medications, peer support, family support, self-care, and other methods. Everyone in recovery has their own journey.

What does recovery look like in Anne Arundel County?

Recovery looks like any one of us, it could be your neighbor, your friend, your coworker or anyone you encounter. 

How do we help people in their recovery?

There is no one size fits all in recovery. Each person in recovery finds their own way to a life lived without misusing substances. There are four major dimensions that support recovery: health, home, purpose, and community. Growing in each of these areas builds a foundation for a life well lived.

Where do you go for services in Anne Arundel County?

Anne Arundel County has a network of treatment and recovery providers. You can go to networkofcare.org to search for resources. You can also contact our Treatment and Resource Line at 410-222-0117 to speak with someone who can help you figure out the next step and what resources are available for you.

There are a range of programs we have to support residents in their recovery from substance abuse.  Over the course of the month, we’ll be highlighting these services. I encourage you to visit aahealth.org to learn more. Remember, behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

Stay safe and be kind to yourself and others. We’ll see you next week.

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