There are countless people who manage life-threatening health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease every day of their lives!

What do you say—how about we add to the list of other health issues the gains made by those who are recovering from substance abuse and other addictive behaviors?

Each September, National Recovery Month works to promote new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices.  Originally organized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA has passed the torch of hope to Faces & Voices of Recovery.

Recognizing the more than 23 million Americans in recovery from addiction, Faces & Voices of Recovery has created a global recovery advocacy movement. Their goal is to eliminate the stigma of addiction and to advocate for accessible recovery options. You can learn more on the new Recovery Month website.

There is no shame only encouragement when we strive to maintain the prescribed guidelines for other health-related issues. With that in mind, will you step out of denial with family members, friends and join Faces & Voices of Recovery mobilize millions of people in recovery?

Starting today—during National Recovery Month—let’s encourage each other to face the truth about the disease of addiction by taking the first step in the healing process. We admitted we were powerless over our disease—that our lives have become unmanageable.

When we finally trust our Higher Power and admit we have a problem, we will move forward and work on our life-threatening addictive behaviors One Step at a Time.