By Jan Boston Sellers
September is National Recovery Month. Each fall, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the United States Department of Health and Human Services sponsors National Recovery Month to celebrate people who are in recovery, to laud the contributions of treatment and service providers and to promote the message recovery is possible in all forms and all ages and all demographics. This year marks the 24th observance of National Recovery Month.
The theme for this year’s celebration is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together on Pathways to Wellness." Organizers say this emphasizes that there are many unique ways people can prevent substance abuse issues, seek treatment for addition and mental health problems, and sustain recovery. The theme also highlights the importance of the mental, physical and emotional well being, along with the value of family, friends and community members throughout the recovery journey.
Mental and substance abuse disorders, often which are co-occurring, are prevalent in our country. The latest nationwide statistics indicate 31.6 million adults in the United States received mental health treatment with another 3.8 million seeking treatment for a substance abuse disorder.
The observance is also designed to highlight prevention programs and treatment facilities or programs. Research indicates that for every $1 invested in prevention and early treatment programs, $2 to $10 could be saved in health costs, criminal and juvenile justice costs, educational costs and lost productivity.
Many treatment options are available nationally or locally. If you or someone close to you is in need of assistance, talk to your physician, a certified counselor, a treatment facility or a 12-step program of recovery to begin the process of freeing yourself from substance abuse.
You can assist in building affordable housing for folks in need by lunching on the lawn at the courthouse on Friday. Cumberland County’s Habitat for Humanity will host its annual Lunch on the Lawn from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Buy a hand-painted bowl for $15 and eat all you want while being entertained with the music of Terry Ashburn and Marty Gibson.
Fall arrives Saturday and in celebration there is a huge event which always attracts thousands of people from around the area: the annual Apple Festival benefitting the Homesteads Tower.
This 10th annual event will begin on Saturday and will last through Sunday afternoon. The festival will include food vendors with all things apple; entertainment; a kid’s zone; quilt show; storytelling area; specialty food; and lots of arts and crafts. Hours will be 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students with children ages six and under being admitted free.
Stone Memorial High School and Cumberland County High School will be back in football action Friday night. The SMHS Panthers will travel to Cookeville after a homecoming win over Pickett County last week. The Jets will tackle Rhea County on their home turf in Evensville.