September is Recovery Month for individuals with a substance use order and/or a mental illness who are proudly living their lives in recovery.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) celebrates the 30th Anniversary of National Recovery Month. This large organization's goals are that communities will come together to reflect on their positive strides and their plans to make recovery support services more accessible so people can live meaningful and productive lives.

SAMHSA spreads the message that treatment is effective, and people can and do recover every day. This year's motto is "Join The Voices For Recovery: Together We Are Stronger." Nationally individuals will share

inspiring stories to thousands of people from all walks of life and find the path to hope, health and overall wellness. Local organizations such as the National Alliance for the Mentally III (NAMI) and our local UNITE Coalition provide information to spread awareness of the effectiveness of treatment and recovery.

The Rowan County Celebrate Recovery Event and Talent Show will be Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Laughlin Building on Main Street, Morehead. Fun activities for children, free food and information about treatment options. Come out and learn more about addiction from people in recovery and their journey. Call Ashley Adkins at 784-8542 for more information.

Events such as this will help reduce the stigma around the impact of mental and substance use disorder and support people in recovery. The Rowan County UNITE Coalition meets the last Monday of the month at noon at the Rowan County Public Library. Call (606) 207-7608 for additional information. Everyone is invited to these meetings.

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