September is officially here, and with it comes the welcome return to school for many students. The pandemic drags on, but there is hope for a return to normalcy in the coming months ahead. Still, living in the time of Covid comes with several stressors and concerns for children and parents alike.
To start, there is a lot of uncertainty around whether schools can and will remain open, for how long, and how severe things may (or may not) become as the Delta variant sweeps across the nation. Back to school should be an exciting time full of discovery, but for some students the new pressures and added stress can serve as a jumping off point for being seduced by unhealthy coping methods.
For some students, anxiety can prove a slippery slope leading to substance abuse. It’s easy to “numb out” when the pressures of life grow too heavy, particularly when you add in the addictive and competitive nature of social media. Coupled with high expectations from parents or teachers to succeed, it’s no wonder kids can struggle with excessive use of drugs like Adderall to help them stay up late to study and narcotics to bring them back down.
It is important we work to teach students to manage expectations, and that we manage our own expectations of them as well. As parents and caregivers, we have a responsibility to model healthy behaviors for these children, and provide them with healthy coping techniques like the ones Caron Treatment Center offer.
September is National Recovery Month
A gentle reminder to all that September is National Recovery month. SAMHSA explains of National Recovery Month on their website:
“National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September 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 this year’s National Recovery Month is RECOVERY IS FOR EVERYONE. EVERY PERSON, EVERY FAMILY, EVERY COMMUNITY. Recovery month not only celebrates the triumph of those working in recovery, but also the achievements in evidence-based treatment and practices, and the dedication of recovery providers and those who help make recovery a possibility.
Now is a great time to pause and reflect about the many ways people find help for their addictions, and celebrate their hard fought efforts and those who help them on their journey to recovery.
While we are thrilled with the extra attention being paid to recovery this month, we also believe:
Recovery is for every day.
Now is always the right time to get help. If you are struggling, you are not alone. Every day people suffer from addiction, chronic pain, mental health challenges, and process disorders. Every day is an opportunity for healing!
This September, we celebrate the good work, dedication, and progress brought to the world of addiction and recovery. To my colleagues in intervention and substance abuse treatment: I am proud to stand beside you. When September rolls into October and beyond, remember that your work is still so critical for our hurting and healing world.
If you are working on your recovery each day, please know we are proud for you and very happy for you. If you realize you need to seek treatment and discover recovery, we hold out a hand to help you. You are not alone. If you love someone in recovery (or who you wish was), we know your pain. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for help.