Celebrating National Recovery Month with The Hanley Foundation

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The recovery community is something that has always been near and dear to my heart. Over the years, I have seen friends, family members and even myself struggle with this disease. As someone who has now been in recovery for nearly 10 years, it is my hope and my duty as a recovering alcoholic to share my story in the hopes that it will help someone else.

Addiction is something that affects so many, yet many are afraid to reach out for help. There is a common misconception that someone suffering from this disease can go to a treatment center for 30 days and be “cured”, but the reality is for that individual it is a lifetime commitment to recovery, resources and changed behaviors.

Over the past few months (and especially during the quarantine due to the pandemic), we have seen an alarming amount of relapses, overdoses and suicides. We are seeing numbers reach as high as they were at the height of the opioid pandemic in 2016. Isolation, job loss and lack of proper health care along with feelings of sadness, loss and lack of socialization have taken a toll on so many. The media has been focusing primarily on the virus, but it’s important to talk about the ripple effects this is having on the mental health of our country and around the world.

The Hanley Foundation is the largest provider of substance abuse prevention and education programs for parents, care-givers and school age children. In addition, the foundation also provides scholarships for individuals who could not afford treatment themselves.

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September is national recovery month and The Hanley Foundation will be launching the largest video campaign of it’s kind to spread awareness on the devastating rise in substance use overdoses in Palm Beach County and throughout the nation, especially in the midst of a pandemic.

Everyday during the month of September, The Hanley foundation will be featuring a video from experts in various fields; local politicians, parents who have lost a child to the disease and individuals who have successfully navigated recovery. These videos will cover education, stigma reduction, prevention, reform and criminal justice.

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Most people think the opposite of addiction is recovery, but in my mind, the opposite of addiction is community. Addiction can be a very lonely and isolating place and what those suffering need most is connection with people and resources to stay connected and accountable.

If you or a loved one is suffering from this disease, you are not alone! Remember addiction is not a choice and there is help available. My family never stopped loving me, never lost hope and never gave up on me. I know now that they believed there was a greater purpose for me in my life and that is why I am here today.

Click here to learn more about The Hanley Foundation.