September of every year is National Recovery Month, according to the federal government’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. While we believe that recovery must certainly be celebrated every month of every year, this is a special time to express the pride you have in the work you’ve done and to show your support for other people in recovery. How are you celebrating your heroin rehab in Texas?
While National Recovery Month may be over by the time you read this, rest assured that SAMHSA on the national level as well as treatment and recovery organizations at the local level offer options all year long. It’s important not only to share stories about our struggles but also to become better educated about the issues that affect people with substance use disorders. If you’re one of the many who participate in heroin rehab in Texas, you will find subgroups of women in treatment, teens in treatment, veterans in treatment, and so forth. But first, we do have some National Recovery Events.
Kicking Up Your Heels About Heroin Rehab in Texas
If you attend or live near the University of Texas at San Antonio and you have an interest in heroin rehab in Texas, you can join in a Substance Abuse Panel Discussion and Reception at the University of Texas, at 501 Cesar Chavez Boulevard, on September 15 at 5:30 p.m. If you’ve missed this event, contact Joseph Avera at [email protected] for follow-up.
Recovery in the Park takes place on September 19 in Austin. If you’re in alcohol, drug, or heroin rehab in Texas, come to 2608 Gonzales Avenue in Austin from Noon to 4:00 p.m. on that Saturday to find some spiritual fellowship and celebrate your recovery. There will also be a rally and—oh yeah, food. This event is sponsored by Recovery Alliance of Austin, a group of treatment professionals that brings fellow addicts together to participate in weekly activities such as yoga or conscious contact. Visit RAA’s website to take an interesting survey.
A Recovery Capital Conference takes place in Austin—again, about 90 minutes from San Antonio if you’ve got a mind to go there—over the weekend of September 26-27. If you’ve been in heroin rehab in Texas, your counselor has probably familiarized you with the concepts of recovery capital, which are the strengths you have that sustain your recovery over the long term. Registration for this event is required, and if you’re just a regular Joe Schmoe in recovery you’ll have to pay ten bucks. Topics of panel discussion will include everything from Whole Health, Wellness, and Recovery to Opiate Addiction Recovery using medication-assisted therapy, and Beginnings, Endings, Strings and Things.
If you’re in heroin recovery in Fort Worth or Dallas, you won’t be far from the Run For Recovery at the Phase I Clubhouse on Waterview Parkway, on Saturday, September 26, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Registration is $20 with a form at https://payableform.appspot.com/forms/lbzva.
If you enjoy kicking up your heels in Houston, there’s a dance on Saturday, September 26, from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., at 3353 Elgin Street. This is properly billed as the Big Texas Recovery Rally Kick-Off Dance, and if you’re in recovery in Texas you’re promised an evening of fun complete with food, fundraising, and fancy footwork. It’s $4 per person or $8 a couple. On SAMHSA’s website for this event you’ll find a phone number.
Resources for College Students or Their Families
If you’re in heroin rehab in Texas and you attend the University of Texas at any of several locations, you can find resources plus the stories from people who have already walked over the ground you’re now covering.
In San Antonio, there is the Center for Collegiate Recovery. You will find a safe place with the support you need to maintain your sobriety as you work toward your degree. Students often get into trouble with alcohol or drug addiction not only from the pressures brought on by their studies but also by the changes in their family lifestyle. If you are the loved one of a college student in trouble, you can also contact the CCR for advice on help for family members. Its website lists resources for campus issues, for 12-step recovery, recovery resources, both residential and outpatient treatment, plus more.
The University of Texas at Austin’s version is The Center for Students in Recovery. You’ll find 12-step meetings and groups relevant to your personal experiences, plus faculty who volunteer their time to organize social and academic activities. There are also opportunities for you, as a person who is working on long-term heroin rehab in Texas, to put yourself out there as a volunteer and give back to the community.
The University of Texas system of colleges expanded its help to students in recovery in 2012. Recognizing the need to help its students “cultivate life skills and celebrate their successes,” the University began with Austin and San Antonio, expanded to Dallas and Tyler, and continues to grow this effective network for addiction help. Not all fourteen campuses have yet established resource centers for those who need help with alcohol, drug, or heroin rehab in Texas, but you can learn more about it in a statement issued by the Office of Public Affairs.
Working Your Recovery
Help with heroin rehab in Texas begins with contacting a licensed, certified methadone treatment program—but you can’t stop there. You’ll need to attend one-on-one counseling sessions at the treatment center and participate in any group sessions there that fit who you are. But recovery doesn’t come without your participation in other events. Attending 12-step groups is vitally important, and so are activities like the ones suggested here.
Remember that celebrating your recovery does not end on October 1. You should make it a point to revisit SAMHSA’s website periodically throughout the year. As your recovery becomes stronger, consider submitting your own story. You can submit your story by email or fax, and remember that telling your story not only validates your recovery; it also lends strength to someone else who hasn’t yet reached your level of commitment to recovery.