National Recovery Month

“Getting sober just exploded my life. Now I have a much clearer sense of myself and what I can and can’t do. I am more successful than I have ever been.”

– Jamie Lee Curtis

National Recovery Month is celebrated every year in September to educate the masses regarding substance abuse treatment and mental health services. There are people in this world who suffer from the burden of their thoughts, and they find their solace in drugs or illegal activities, National Recovery Month 2020 is solely dedicated to those people.

Celebrate Recovery

Recovery is all about how much progress one makes; it is never about perfection. The National Recovery Month celebrates the progress of those who tried their best in healing from their traumas. We celebrate recover from addictions and mental health issues. The month of September reinforces the message of positivism for those who believe they can never recover from the scars of their past. Still, they are unaware that they can become sober and pave their way towards a brighter future.

Addiction Treatment

One of the main reasons people hate being sober is that they are continually trying to fill a void in their hearts. They believe the only way to live life is through finding solace in things that make them forget about reality. But the more they run away from reality, the more it will haunt them. Suffering from the addictions of alcohol and drugs damages you internally, it affects your family members and the community at large. If a child sees an adult mistreating themselves, they might grow up and do the same thing. The cycle goes on.

Amethyst Recovery Program

Amethyst is a holistic recovery program for women who struggle with mental health issues, addictions, trauma, and various mental health issues. Thousands of lives have been transformed through our Amethyst Recovery Program.

Amethyst offers treatment for individuals who suffer from drug addiction, alcohol and drug abuse, trauma, sexual violence, and/or domestic abuse. It is uncommon for recovery programs to allow for children to stay with their mothers while the parent undergoes treatment. But Amethyst allows for the mother and her child(ren) to live together during recovery treatment. It’s one of the only few available in the nation.

National Recovery Month 2020 Activities: Portraits of Recovery

Each September, programs of treatment and recovery celebrate National Recovery Month all over the country. Portraits of Recovery 2020 is among one of those celebrations occurring on the 29th of September this year. Whether you are a survivor or supporter, please join us for our drive-in event at Easton Town Center. Your ticket purchase will help funding a wide range of treatment and services for our Amethyst Recovery Program. Reserve your seat here!

National Recovery Month Color

National Recovery Month is specifically for those individuals who are struggling to live life normally. It is to remind those who suffer in silence, that they are not alone. We are all in this together. And to portray our togetherness, the National Recovery Month color is purple. The color purple denotes togetherness, and it represents that no matter how diverse we might be, we are all connected with one contrivance: our Journey towards recovery and self-discovery.

National Recovery Month for All

National Recovery Month 2020 is for you to speak up. Your story might inspire someone else to seek mental health treatment, to fight and to live. Help our mission! Ignite a light of hope in others.

September is a month for all those who were lost, but eventually found their way towards a better life. It is a month for people who broke toxic cycles of generations and stopped the suffering from passing on to their offspring.

National Recovery Month is a tribute, a celebration, a period of knowledge, for those members of our country, who can be so underrepresented and misunderstood. We celebrate them all, the ones who turned their lives around, all with the help of our community members and hope.

Alvis is a nonprofit human services agency with over 50 years of experience. We believe in the power of second chances and coming together as one community to affect change. With our reentry, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, workforce development, family and children services, and the community, we can make a lasting 180 impact. Learn more about Alvis and how you can get involved at www.Alvis180.org.

Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

According to the 2019 World Drug Report, in 2017, an estimated 271 million people across the world had used drugs in the previous year, while 35 million people were estimated to be suffering from drug use disorders. It was also estimated that, globally, there were 585,000 deaths and 42 million years of “healthy” life lost as a result of the use of drugs. For people with drug use disorders, the availability of and access to treatment services remains limited at the global level. Only one in seven people with drug use disorders will receive treatment each year…

Today, Friday, June 26, is International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, also known as World Drug Day. This global observance has been supported by individuals, organizations, and communities all over the world since the United Nations resolved it in 1987. See resolution 42/112 here. This year’s theme is “Better Knowledge for Better Care” which strives to emphasize the importance of combating misinformation and educating on the significance of the world drug issue. Why is this significant? The better we can understand this complex issue and how to treat individuals, the better we can care for them and fight against the drug epidemic as a united society. 

Unfortunately, a big misconception about drug addiction is that it is a choice. This causes many individuals, policy makers, and even some service providers to hold the belief that drug disorders are a moral failure and a crime that needs to be punished. However, according to Mountainside Treatment Center, although the initial decision to misuse a substance may be voluntary, it impairs the way the brain functions in the long-term. It is in fact a multi-factorial health issue, “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry,” (The American Society of Addiction Medicine). These disorders are very complex with factors out of the victim’s control such as genetics, mental health, and environmental factors. Not only does Alvis strongly hold this belief but it was also agreed upon by the Member States in the Outcome document of the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem.

Another myth about addiction is that a victim can quit whenever they want. But as previously mentioned, misusing substances can physically change and critically impact the parts of the brain that deal with judgment, decision-making, learning, memory, and behavior control, (National Institute on Drug Abuse). Willpower by itself is most times not sufficient enough or even safe enough to try to achieve sobriety on ones own. “A person battling a substance abuse problem needs individualized medical and/or clinical treatments, integrative therapies, and mindful practices to restore balance to their life. They also need to develop coping skills and to re-establish support from family, employers, and friends—a crucial part of success in recovery,” (Mountainside Treatment Center). In order to combat the drug issue globally, we all need to change the way we think about drug addiction. To learn more about World Drug Day on the United Nations home page click here. #FactsForSolidarity

There is hope! At Alvis, we offer two judgment free behavioral health and addiction services, one for single women and women with children called Amethyst, and one which is inclusive to both males and females called Recovery Choices. In the Amethyst program, women with and without children can receive treatment for addiction, mental health, and trauma while also receiving supportive housing, job readiness training and placement. What makes the Amethyst program special in particular? It allows women to live with their children and works to reunite and strengthen families. Amethyst takes walk-ins and women seeking help can go directly to the main treatment facility located at 455 E. Mound Street.

Similarly, in the Recovery Choices program, individuals with justice involvement can receive behavioral healthcare and addiction services. Clients can also receive transportation from halfway houses to Alvis reentry centers, where they can take job training courses, receive counseling and individualized treatment plans, and have the opportunity to attain their GED, take university classes, and participate in activities with their family. Also check out our recent post “Recovery Housing at Alvis” to see three specific recovery programs for women called SHINE (Stable Housing to Inspire, Nurture, and Empower), CHAT (Changing Habits, Attitudes and Thoughts), and Belmar.

Alvis is a nonprofit human services agency with over 50 years of experience. We believe in the power of second chances and coming together as one community to affect change. With our reentry, behavioral health, developmental disabilities, workforce development, family and children services, and the community, we can make a lasting 180 impact. Learn more about Alvis and how you can get involved at www.Alvis180.org.

Alcohol Awareness Month

Today marks the beginning of April! In addition to Easter, Second Chance Month, Volunteer Month, Sexual Assault Prevention Month, Internship Awareness Month, National Month of Counselors and Month of Hope, this month is also known as Alcohol Awareness Month.

According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, 90% of people with addictions to alcohol, or other drugs begin using substances before age 18, and according to youth.gov, American youth aged 12-20 comprise 11% of the country’s monthly alcohol consumption, and approximately 23 million people over 12 years of age used illicit drugs in 2010. In many cases, addiction begins early in life.

Many of Alvis’ clients have co-occurring substance use disorders and mental health disorders. In the past, a number of them have asserted that one of the most important things they’ve learned through treatment is that they simply aren’t alone. Solidarity and understanding are key in facilitating recovery from substance abuse, but what about prevention?

In terms of Alvis, one of the primary ways we aid in substance abuse prevention is by treating our clients as people without stigmatized pasts, because of how early addiction may develop. We believe that a person’s potential is more important than their past, and our vision is of a future when communities believe this, too. We can decrease substance abuse in our communities through continuing reentry programs like Alvis, which shatter the boundaries between those with justice system involvement and the greater community. By reducing stigmas, advocating for support systems, and shifting attitudes surrounding the negative effects of addiction, we can make it easier for individuals suffering from addiction or substance abuse to seek help.

Alvis also takes measures to specifically prevent substance abuse through our Family and Children’s Program. Across different areas of Alvis, the Family and Children’s Program works to reunite families, motivate youth to pursue education and success, and maintain transparency about the harmful, life-altering effects that drugs can do to one’s life.

While most of the time, Alvis is known for its reentry and recovery programs, many of which include individuals with substance abuse disorders, we also advocate for preventing it from developing in the first place by emphasizing the consequences and impact substance abuse can have, as well as working to reduce the stigmas that prevent healthy discussion and openness from taking place.

It is much harder to face addictions or co-occurring behavioral health disorders alone.

Alvis is a nonprofit human services agency with over 50 years of experience providing highly effective treatment programs in Ohio. Our vision is that communities value a person’s potential more than their past. For more information on how Alvis can help you or to learn more about how you can get involved, contact us here.