No Ice Buckets, Telethons or Parade Magazine Covers . . . Yet
Confession time: I’m a little pissed, more than a little pissed, in fact.
Today is September 1, the start of the 25th annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, as proclaimed by President Obama. Across the United States, for the entire month, there will be rallies, walks, community gatherings and more proclamations.
But there won’t be ice bucket challenges, weekend televised telethons or Parade Magazine covers.
Please don’t take my pissiness for ambivalence toward the ALS, MDA or cancer-fighting causes. I do care, I care deeply, but I’m jealous that the antidote for the nation’s #1 health crisis–recovery from addiction–gets proclamations instead of prime time.
For now. We’ve made a lot of advocacy headway, in large part thanks to the cross-country tidal wave of Greg Williams’ documentary, The Anonymous People. Lots and lots of people are speaking out about the hopeful and healing nature of recovery.
While small pockets of folks are starting to get it, we have a long way to go in educating the public about how recovery benefits individuals, families, communities and our entire social structure.
And that’s enough of my rant; it’s only half of my reason for posting today.
How does recovery benefit you?
While there is a national and worldwide push for recovery advocacy that is good and necessary to coalesce one voice (with talking points, thank you, Lisa Frederiksen!), at B Here Today, we’re more interested in your recovery and what brings you peace in recovery.
Starting with today’s post, the scope of B Here Today will shift slightly. If you’ve followed for a while, you’ve noticed that Monday’s posts have a theme of being present and mindful, while Thursday’s posts are dedicated to a recovery theme.
Beginning today, we’re melding the two because we believe that solid recovery is steeped in presence and mindfulness.
There is no singular, correct approach to recovery and B Here Today supports whatever brings an individual to joy and peace. The sky’s the limit on future post topics and while there may be an occasional post about a treatment center’s program, we’re not endorsing that particular treatment center.
The “new” B Here Today
We want your involvement in shaping our 2.0 edition of the blog. Please share your successes and set-backs in recovery. Ultimately, we’ll connect the information here with our social media sites to create a distinct and ongoing conversation about this idea of holistic recovery.
One thing to note: because addiction is a grim brain disease, by necessity there will be articles about the realities of the disease. You might see a post commentary after a celebrity death or after a stark example of stigma and discrimination.
If you have ideas for articles or would like to guest post, please send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Over the next few weeks, you’ll notice some adjustments to the B Here Today site, all supporting the melded theme. Change is good, especially when followed by bold action (learned that one from Tess Marshall!)
Please be in touch with your suggestions and ideas about peaceful recovery through mindful living. Happy Recovery Month!