With so many families affected by addiction, it is our responsibility to continue Restoring Hope in our community so the chains of this disease can be broken. We are reminded daily how devastating the effects of addiction can be; but on the other side of despair is hope. Raising awareness about addiction and recovery is an integral part of helping those still suffering from this disease. With National Recovery Month upon us, we have the opportunity to promote with others around the world that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.
By working with organizations in our community, we are able to provide the necessary help and support to individuals and families affected by addiction. We are the 2013 Sponsor of the Palm Beach County Substance Awareness Coalition (PBCSAC), a community organization making an effort to prevent substance abuse. PBCSAC works with local schools, businesses and recovery organizations to raise awareness and prevent youth and adults from abusing addictive substances. We are proud to work alongside an organization whose mission is to reduce and prevent substance abuse in order to create a drug free community.
Unfortunately, prevention is not 100% effective, which is why we must continue to raise awareness that help is available. The events that take place during Recovery Month make it possible for people to realize that they are not alone, and that addiction treatment is effective. We know that addiction is not a life sentence, but it is our duty to spread that message. When those in the community are better educated about the disease of addiction and its effects, more struggling addicts will have the opportunity to recover.
The best way to Restore Hope in individuals and families affected by addiction is to show them that people can and do recover. Our #NoMoreShame movement is an effort to break the stigma of addiction. #NoMoreShame allows us to raise awareness that recovery is possible, and no one should be ashamed to reach out for help. During the past few months, many recovering addicts have shared their stories with us in an effort to break the stigma of addiction. I continue to be overwhelmed by the positive messages of hope and success we are receiving. By continuing to share these stories, those still suffering are able to see that they have the opportunity to recover as well.
This Sunday, The Treatment Center’s #NoMoreShame movement will be represented at the Recovery Month event, Voices of Recovery: Together on Pathways to Wellness. #NoMoreShame wristbands will be handed out in our interactive booth where people will have the opportunity to take their own custom #NoMoreShame photo. We look forward to sharing our message of hope and recovery with the community. Through our continued efforts, we believe that those struggling will find that there is freedom from addiction, and they will begin the path to recovery.
Bill Russell, CEO
The event will take place Sunday, 9/15 from 11am-4pm at the South Florida Fairgrounds Expo Center in West Palm Beach. For more information about the event, click here.