By VICKI BROWN
September is National Recovery Month and is designed to celebrate everyone who makes substance abuse and mental health disorder recovery possible.
Substance abuse and mental disorders affects not only families, but the entire community. With support, those impacted can live a life of recovery and wellness.
Through Recovery Month people become more aware and able to recognize the signs of mental health and substance use disorders, and it also encourages people in need of recovery services to get help.
Locally, Pillars4Hope is the place that offers an opportunity for recovery to those who are affected by substance abuse and assistance for their families.
“We believe that change is possible as individuals and families recovering from substance use disorders. Hope and belief in the process of change is the foundation of recovery. It is a highly personal and occurs through many pathways with the support of others. Recovery is characterized by continual growth and improvement in health and it requires a lifetime commitment,” said Nikeyia Hammonds, executive director of Pillars4Hope.
“Addiction is a disease that affects the entire family and recovery requires the support of the entire community. Pillars4Hope offers evidence-based intervention, treatment and prevention services to individuals and families in Colleton County and surrounding areas. Pillars4Hope is your local state appointed authority on addictive disorders and we are here to serve our community,” Hammonds said.
Recovery is for everyone because it benefits everyone. In recovery, people build new connections to themselves, their families and communities. The recovery community has a powerful foundation of mutual aid and peer support. Groups connect and implement resources that serve their unique needs. The powerful bonds built in recovery are life-altering.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Recovery Research Institute conducted a five-year study that explored the ways in which substance use impacted families and communities, and how recovery created opportunities to rebuild. The study said that people need opportunities to share their experiences, and they begin to see their lives impact more than just themselves. “We find new ways of connecting the recovery community. We call to rejuvenate struggling communities and families. At the same time, we work to empower communities who grapple with inequitable conditions, including the effects of systemic racism, generational poverty, adverse childhood experiences, and other forces. Social connections, family support, and neighborhood relationships are directly linked to wellness and recovery. We must ensure that everyone has the same chance at recovery. Our “I” must become our ‘we,’” said SAMHSA officials in a written statement.
“We employ a team of professionals and offer an array of treatment services,” said Hammonds. “Please call (843)538-4343 if you would like to make an appointment with an addiction professional. Walk-ins are welcomed.”
“The Board of Directors along with the staff at Pillars4Hope would like to congratulate and celebrate all Colleton County residence in recovery. We encourage you to take one day at a time as you continue on the lifelong sometimes narrow pathway to recovery! We ask the community to join us in paying tribute to our recovery community by congratulating a family member or friend in recovery,” Hammonds added.
During the month of September (while supplies last) Pillars4Hope will be giving away Pillars4Hope journals and mask to individuals in recovery. Just come by the agency at 1439 Thunderbolt Drive, Walterboro S.C. 29488 and tell the front staff, “I’m proud to be in recovery.” (COVID procedures in place). All virtual and in-person events will be posted on the website calendar at Pillar4Hope.org. Please see the link below for all national recovery month events. https://rm.facesandvoicesofrecovery.org/events/month/2021-09/.