National Recovery Month and Teens
Recovery Month Celebrates Addiction Recovery for Teens
The biggest event in the recovery community each year is September’s Recovery Month. Recovery Month presents a time to celebrate mental health, substance abuse recovery and everyone involved in the recovery process. Whether you are a teen facing addiction yourself or the parent or friend of one, the recovery community wants to celebrate your recovery journey.
What Is Recovery Month?
The goal of National Recovery Month is to recognize every individual involved in the recovery process, from the person receiving treatment, to the substance abuse treatment providers, to supporting friends and family members. Recovery Month also intends to eliminate stigma surrounding substance use, and provides a platform for those affected by behavioral disorders and substance abuse to tell their stories.
For the past 30 years, Recovery Month has been sponsored by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Now in it’s 31st year, Recovery Month is being supported by Faces and Voices of Recovery who created Recovery Month’s new website and event calendar.
The theme of Recovery Month 2020 is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections,” which highlights the importance of human connections during the recovery process, especially during times of turmoil.
MTV Releases “16 and Recovering” In Honor of Recovery Month
In recognition of Recovery Month 2020, MTV is debuting, “16 and Recovering” to highlight the importance of teen addiction recovery. This four-part docuseries follows adolescents attending Northshore Recovery High School, a high school dedicated to supporting students through their recovery journeys and education simultaneously.
The purpose of this show is to provide realistic insight into the lives of families with teenagers who use drugs, and to illustrate the struggles that the entire family faces with adolescent addiction. The overarching moral of these stories is that if drug use has taken a hold on your life, that there is always a way out through teen substance abuse treatment and recovery.
How to Participate in Recovery Month 2020
Traditionally, Recovery Month rallies and fundraisers could be found throughout the country during the month of September. Recovery Month 2020, however, has been forced to move many recovery events online due to COVID-19 regulations. Despite this transition, it is still easy to show your support for National Recovery Month.
Consider the following ideas for Recovery Month activities:
- Wear the National Recovery Month Ribbon Color: Show your support by wearing turquoise, the color dedicated to Recovery Month.
- Be a Voice of Recovery on Social Media: If you have a social media account, voice your support for recovery with inspirational messages, sober selfies and recovery hashtags like #RecoveryMonth2020 and #NRM2020.
- Become a Recovery Connection: Maintaining connections is important to the recovery process. In support of Recovery Month, consider becoming a supporting connection to someone new to the recovery process.
- Express Recovery Support Artistically: Use your artistic talents to express your story or your support for Recovery Month for either yourself or your entire recovery network to see.
Substance Abuse Rates Among Teenagers
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse’s 2019 Monitoring the Future Survey, the drug of choice among teenagers is marijuana and the method of consumption is vaping. Prescription opioid misuse and cigarette use has declined among 8th, 10th and 12th graders over the last ten years, although vaping threatens to keep nicotine use alive among teens. Regular alcohol use continues to decline as well among all age groups surveyed.
Despite the overall decline in the use of some drugs among teens, experimentation is still high and thousands of adolescents find themselves in a pattern of drug or alcohol abuse each year.
This year, the isolation and disruption caused by COVID-19 lockdowns present unforeseen challenges among the entire population, including teens. Parents say that their kids’ mental health has been impacted by the pandemic and substance abuse is reportedly on the rise in certain populations. Now more than ever, the recovery community is needed to maintain strong connections during stressful times and to celebrate recovery for teens and adults alike.
Strengthen Your Recovery with Next Generation Village
At Next Generation Village, we understand that recovery is not always easy and teens in need of addiction treatment have unique and specific needs. Our team of experts is ready to help, from detox to inpatient to ongoing recovery support for their life after rehab.
If you or a teen you love is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, contact us for more information about teen addiction treatment and a plan to meet their needs.Sources:
The National Institute on Drug Abuse. Monitoring the Future 2019 Survey Results: Overall Findings. December 18, 2019. Accessed August 26, 2020.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Monitoring the Future Survey: High School and Youth Trends Drug Facts.” July 6, 2020. Accessed August 26, 2020.
National Institute on Drug Abuse. Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide. June 2, 2020. Accessed August 26, 2020.
National Institute on Drug Abuse. National Survey of Drug Use and Health. 2019.Accessed August 26, 2020.