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National Recovery Month: What Does Recovery Mean to You?

National Recovery Month, a nationwide observance held every September, focuses on educating Americans about the treatment services that help people overcome their addictions and go on to live healthy, rewarding lives.

Recovery Means…

For Recovery Month, we’re putting stories of hope in the spotlight by hosting a four-week campaign meant to break down the barriers of addiction-related stigma, while providing resources and hope for individuals and their loved ones. Each week throughout the month, we’ll honor people in recovery, along with their loved ones and community support systems. By celebrating strength, love, success, and perseverance, the hope is to deliver a message of inspiration, encouragement, understanding and acceptance for others who are traveling this road.

We think it’s time to honor the possibilities of full, powerful lives in recovery: loving family members, successful business owners, courageous leaders, loyal friends, dedicated employees, and innovative thinkers. And what better way to kick off our 2016 campaign than to highlight a few awesome success stories? We asked ten people to submit a picture and brief statement explaining what recovery means to them, and what their lives look like now that they’re living in sobriety.

Without further ado, let’s meet these inspirational people and learn how they define the term “recovery.”


Recovery Means Adversity:








Recovery Means Empowerment:








Recovery Means Freedom:








Recovery Means Freedom:








Recovery Means Gratitude:








Recovery Means Happiness:








Recovery Means Honesty:








Recovery Means Opportunity:








Recovery Means Real Friends:








Recovery Means Rebirth:









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