Salisbury, Md. – September 9, 2020 – According to SAMHSA*, more than 23 million Americans are in recovery for some form of addiction. If everyone in recovery were to form a state, it would include the third largest population in the nation behind California and New York.
“Recovery Month is a critical observance because it shows what is possible,” said Leslie Brown, CEO of Hudson Behavioral Health. “Recovery is not just something one does, it becomes part of who you are, 365 days a year. We often talk about the challenges, but we don’t talk enough about the successes, and many, many people rediscover a vital life in recovery and we should celebrate that.”
Hudson will sponsor a Firework Spectacular at the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium on Friday, September 18. A ticket for the socially distanced drive-in event is $12.40, with tickets available through the Shorebirds’ website (https://reserve.imclutch.com/shorebirds). Gates open for parking at 7:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 9:00 p.m.
Celebrating Recovery Month on the Shore
Held every September, National Recovery Month is now in its 31st year. On the Lower Shore, Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset counties all have programs and events under the “Go Purple” banner. From seminars to outdoor movies to food drives, , the goal is to encourage our community to stand up against substance abuse while engaging in conversation about prevention, treatment, recovery and the role of prescription drugs in these challenges.
“Since the start of COVID-19, substance abuse and overdoses are up across the country. Every day on our campus we see the impact opioids, alcohol and other substances have on the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of individuals,” said Brown. “It devastates the individual and the people who love them. The decision to choose recovery is never taken lightly. It is a brave decision by an individual to regain the choices and direction that have been lost under the power of addiction.”
To help support the mission of Go Purple, Brown encourages people to lend their voices to the recovery effort; to talk about it in person when (safely) possible, and on social media. Read up on it and share resources.
Remind people to recycle opioids and other medication safely. On the Lower Shore many police and sheriff stations have secure recycling boxes.
If you or someone you care about needs information about recovery on the Eastern Shore, visit www.hudsonhealth.org – our region’s first and only residential recovery center, with 40 Years of experience and success. Additional resources can be found at www.recoverymonth.org
About Hudson Behavioral Health
Hudson Behavioral Health was founded in 1980 and is licensed to operate in both Maryland and Delaware. The nonprofit is accredited by The Joint Commission, receiving its Gold Seal of Approval. Learn more about Hudson’s innovative approach to recovery, behavioral health and wellness at www.hudsonhealth.org. Hudson Behavioral Health is an Affiliation of Hudson Health Services, Inc.