Now in its 23rd year, National Recovery Month was founded on the belief that we should celebrate the gains made by those in recovery, just as we would with those who are managing other health conditions. The goal is to spread the positive message you can live a healthy and rewarding life with the aid of treatment and mental health services.
Are you looking to start on the road to recovery? Reclaim your life by calling SAMHSA’s National Helpline (1-800-662-HELP), where you can be assisted in both English and Spanish. If you’re already in recovery, find solidarity and support by connecting with others like you at PatientsLikeMe. We have thousands of patients sharing their experiences with numerous disorders, including:
Every September, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) observes Recovery Month. The goal is to promote the societal benefits of treatment for substance use and mental disorders, celebrate people in recovery, recognize treatment providers and spread the message that recovery is possible. As the SAMHSA slogan says, “Prevention works, treatment is effective and people recover.”
Recovery Month also inspires millions of people to raise awareness about addiction, share their stories of recovery and assist others who are still struggling. As one person writes, “Since I have attained recovery, I have accomplished all of my dreams – something I never would have imagined 26 years ago, when my dependence to alcohol and narcotics had created a hopeless life.”
Do you have a recovery story of your own? Add your voice to this month-long celebration. Or if you’re still struggling – or know someone who is – you may want to consider downloading SAMHSA’s free mobile app for iPhones/iPads/iPods.It’s a Treatment Locator that helps connect people with the services they need, whether it’s for mental health services or substance abuse.
If you are affected by a mental health condition or addiction – either as a patient or a caregiver – we encourage you to join our growing community.Learn about the path to recovery for others and connect with those who can relate.
You can search for patients by more than 10 seizure types, such as simple partial, myoclonic, atonic, and tonic-clonic.
You can also search by 19 different epilepsy types, including temporal lobe, frontal lobe, occipital lobe, juvenile myoclonic, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, and epilepsy with grand mal seizures on awakening.
Others in the community have indicated a causative comorbidity for their condition, such as:
Head injury (242 patients to date)
Brain tumor (70 patients to date)
Stroke (38 patients to date)
Encephalitis (34 patients to date)
543 patient members were diagnosed recently (5 years or less) and 823 were diagnosed 20+ years ago.
As part of this first survey, members told us the top issues most important to them – indicating the top three as overall quality of life, seizure worry (i.e., impact of seizures) and mental activity (i.e., thinking, concentrating, memory).
How are our members treating their condition?
Patients are using thousands of treatments, including prescription drugs, supplements, over-the-counter medications, life-style modifications, procedures, and more.
At PatientsLikeMe, people with every type of condition are coming together to share their health experiences, find patients like them and learn how to take control of their health. The result is improved care for patients as well as an acceleration of real-world medical research.
Stay tuned to our blog for the latest happenings with our company, our patients and our mission of opening up the healthcare system.