September is National Recovery Month
by Melody McCreary
Faith Partners Coordinator
September is National Recovery Month. This month, in particular, is dear to us because if there’s one thing Chapel Hill is...it’s a place to recover. And that can look like a multitude of things people need to recover from: an awful childhood, drug or alcohol addiction, sexual abuse or domestic violence, PTSD or self-loathing and hate. If there’s anything we know, it’s this: recovery can’t be done alone.
More than 23 million adults in the United States have struggled with drug abuse. - National Institutes of Health
78 people die every day in the United States from an opioid overdose, and those numbers have nearly quadrupled since 1999. - Surgeon General’s Report
And those are just a few of the facts in recent years that statistically prove the addiction issue has understatedly become a crisis. When we look at those statistics, though, we don’t just see people represented by a number, we see individuals. Each one with his or her own story, each one who has, unfortunately, been caught up in a vicious cycle, but every single one with the chance to beat addiction, overcome past abuse, and continue living for something greater.
Chapel Hill is home to many young men and women desperate for sobriety, who due to negative circumstances in their lives or pasts such as absent or neglective parents, sexual abuse, poverty and homelessness, have turned to drugs and alcohol as a way of coping. And it’s safe to say that drug and alcohol abuse produce violent behavior, and self-destructive patterns, which can in turn lead to situations like broken or unstable homes, poverty, and homelessness. And that is why many, who even though on the outside look like they have it all together, but are secretly struggling to understand that in order to be free from any addiction, you must find the root issue.
Chapel Hill’s heart is to allow recovery in every way, shape, and form. That is the solution we long to develop and nurture as we see each Chapel Hill Participant, not as part of a disheartening statistic, but an individual who can transform and contribute to a larger number of those free from addiction.
Our Chapel Hill Faith Partners program offers an environment for individuals to overcome alcohol and drug abuse, and to live forward knowing their true identity and purpose, and becoming disciples of Jesus Christ. If you or someone you know needs support in recovery please call 405-590-5744 and Melody will help get you started in your own personal recovery.