Did you know that today is the first (official) day of fall? That's right! Though some have been sipping pumpkin spice lattes since September 1st, the Almanac will tell you that today (September 23rd) marks Fall's official appearance!
But September 23rd isn't just Fall Equinox, it's also "National Dogs in Politics Day," "National Temperature Control Day," "Checkers Day," as well as a plethora of other obscure holidays. Though it's impossible to remember (let alone celebrate) every silly Holiday and National Day, for some, September 23rd might be a very special anniversary...
Did you know that September is recovery month? This national observance is held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. This year marks National Recovery Month's 30th anniversary! The Association for Addiction Professionals' website says, "Now in its 30th 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. 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."
Visit the Recovery Month website to find out about joining a community of individuals celebrating their recovery! Read personal stories about recovery, or find out how to help someone you love.
So everyday, whether you are celebrating a new season, an obscure holiday, or a new drink on the Starbucks menu, remember that today could be someone's celebration of life and recovery--especially this Recovery Month!