‘National Recovery Month’ To Be Celebrated

September 1, 2016

The Ministry of National Security and the Department for National Drug Control [DNDC], in conjunction with treatment agencies across the island, will celebrate National Recovery Month during September 2016.

This year’s Recovery Month’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery.”

A spokesperson said, “This year will be the 27th Annual Recovery Month observance spearheaded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration [SAMHSA] in the USA. The DNDC will use this month to educate Bermuda about substance use treatment and mental health services, which can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.

“The observance reinforces the positive message that behavioural health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.”

Minister of National Security, Senator Jeffrey Baron said, “There are hundreds of Bermudians whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Since these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, Recovery Month 2016 provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate these accomplishments.

Jeff Baron Bermuda TC September 1 2016

“Each September, millions of prevention, treatment, and recovery programmes and facilities around the world celebrate National Recovery Month. They speak about the gains made by those in recovery and share their success stories with their neighbours, friends, and colleagues,” continued Minister Baron.

“In doing so, everyone helps to increase awareness and furthers a greater understanding about the diseases of mental and substance use disorders.”

“In this, its 27th year, Recovery Month highlights the achievements of individuals who have reclaimed their lives in long-term recovery and honours the treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. It also promotes the message that recovery, in all of its forms, is possible; and encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.

“This month, is an opportunity to celebrate those individuals and their families who are committed to living a healthy and drug free lifestyle.

“And there are numerous activities planned for those in recovery and those professionals servicing this special population including a football game, a special family and client event, and the BACB Councellor of the Year Award ceremony.

“The Department of National Drug Control would like to take this time to thank our treatment and recovery partners:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous [AA]
  • Bermuda Addiction Certification Board [BACB]
  • Bermuda Assessment and Referral [BARC]- Department of Court Services
  • Bermuda Professional Counselling Services – DUI Programme
  • Drug Treatment Court
  • FOCUS Counselling Services
  • Lifeskills and Counselling – Department of Child and Family Services
  • Narcotics Anonymous [NA]
  • Nelson Bascome Substance Abuse Treatment Facility [Men’s and Women’s Programmes] – Department for National Drug Control
  • Pathways Bermuda
  • Right Living House [ Department of Corrections]
  • Salvation Army [ Harbor Light and Community Life Skills Programmes]
  • Turning Point Substance Abuse Programme [ BHB]
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