Celebrate Sobriety this National Recovery Month   - The Phoenix

Celebrate Sobriety this National Recovery Month  

Every September, the national recovery community gets the spotlight. For over 30 years, September has been recognized as National Recovery Month, a time to recognize the struggles and successes of those on the road to recovery. As a national acknowledgment of recovery, September is a time to rally together with the sober community and celebrate the joys of a substance-free life. 

The Story Behind National Recovery Month 

In 1989, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) launched National Recovery Month, a national observance of the Americans working towards sobriety, the effects of substance use on individuals and communities, and the positive impact of recovery practices. Millions of Americans have had their own recovery experiences, but their struggles and successes are rarely broadcasted to the broader public. National Recovery Month aims to increase public awareness surrounding the challenges of recovery, the role of service providers in recovery, and the strength of the American recovery community.

As a result of this effort, the general public is better able to understand the realities of substance use and the importance of treatment. From the very beginning, National Recovery Month has worked to reduce stigma around those in recovery, opening up a public dialogue about sobriety and substance use. Undoubtedly, it has given thousands of people the courage to begin their own recovery journeys. 

Celebrate Sobriety 

Since 1989, September has been dedicated to highlighting the joys of sober living. Over the course of the month, thousands of treatment centers, support groups, and sobriety programs celebrate the successes of those in recovery. National Recovery Month is full of positive sobriety stories, heartfelt reflections on the journey, and encouraging messages for those starting recovery. 

In the day-to-day life of recovery, it can be hard to remain motivated and encouraged. National Recovery Month gives the sober community a chance to reconnect with their allies, share recovery experiences, and celebrate their successes so far. 

Look to the Future 

National Recovery Month isn’t just about celebrating past success; it’s about looking forward to a sober future. As people and organizations everywhere spread awareness about recovery, it’s the perfect time for those in recovery to refocus on their goals. Through the sober community, those in recovery are able to receive added strength and support that keeps them steadfastly committed to their sobriety journey. This idea is encapsulated by the official slogan of National Recovery Month: “Every person. Every family. Every community.” 

Recovery Month 2023

No matter where you are in your sobriety journey, National Recovery Month is the perfect time to reflect on your past experiences and focus on your future. As September rolls around, take a moment to consider the positive impact of recovery on your life. Remember what inspired you to start working towards sobriety. 

It’s also a great time to reach out to your allies with a message of gratitude. Consider the people around you who have lended you support and strength on your recovery journey. September is the perfect time to host a sober-friendly celebration where you can show off your mocktail skills, or connect with other sober groups in your area. 

If you feel comfortable, take a moment in September to spread awareness on your own, both IRL and online. Dress in purple, the official color of Recovery Month, and share a message on social media, or take it to a sober-safe space and celebrate with others in recovery. 

Looking for ways to connect with the sober community this September? The Phoenix offers in-person, virtual, and on-demand classes that connect you to others in recovery. From yoga to weightlifting, our selection of instructor-led classes create a fun and supportive environment for those in recovery and their allies.