Every September we acknowledge National Recovery Month. This is a national observance designed 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.

The 2021 National Recovery Month theme is "Recovery is For Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community." It is designed to remind people in recovery and those who support them that no one is alone in the journey through recovery. Everyone's journey is different, but we are all in this together.

I am sharing this bit of news because your child may need help for their substance use and the experience can be frightening and overwhelming. We can help you navigate the steps along the way.

The substance use prevention and treatment community is working to eliminate barriers to recovery for every American and every family, and to help today's children and future generations, who often are the biggest winners in the process of recovery.

We encourage those in recovery from addiction, and their friends, family members and allies to build awareness, challenge societal stigma, and celebrate the role that recovery plays in improving the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

Those of us at Wellspring Center for Prevention would like you to know that there is an ongoing conversation for youth in recovery, as well as their families. We are all committed to eliminating stigma, shaping public policy and educating people by bringing recovery into the consciousness of all of you. And you should know that we accomplish this DAILY through the promotion and celebration of recovery, by demonstrating recovery as a positive healing force, and by being the voice for those who have not yet found theirs.

We do simply believe that recovery DOES save lives. We do this by envisioning a world in which recovery from addiction is a common, celebrated reality - a world where individuals will not experience shame when seeking help. We believe that everyone should be passionate about sharing their stories of recovery in the hope of inspiring others to join the movement and the rewarding path to wholeness.

Together we will demonstrate the power and proof of recovery from addiction.

One resource available to parents is through Faces & Voices of Recovery at the forefront of the Recovery Advocacy movement: Faces & Voices of Recovery is dedicated to organizing and mobilizing the over 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, our families, friends and allies into recovery community organizations and networks, to promote the right and resources to recover through advocacy, education and demonstrating the power and proof of long-term recovery. Check them out here: https://facesandvoicesofrecovery.org/about/.

Wellspring Center for Prevention offers access to solution you might want to sue for yourself or your children. You may wish to start with our Information & Referral portal available here: https://wellspringprevention.org/information-referral. Or, you may want to visit our Jason Surks Memorial Resource Center where you can find Addiction Facts and Information and our Helpful Links. Those are available at https://wellspringprevention.org/information-referral/resource-center. And finally, if you need referrals to providers, you may want to check out our Help Tool which you can access here: https://wellspringprevention.org/help-tool.