About National Recovery Month
September is National Recovery Month, a special month of recognition honoring people living in recovery from substance use and mental health disorders. Just as we celebrate recovery from other health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, we celebrate recovery from substance use and mental illness.
Recovery for mental health and substance use disorders is an ongoing process achieved through dedicated attention to making healthier choices each day. While we celebrate the achievements of those living in recovery, we also understand that it can be difficult to keep up such hard work continuously. For many people living in recovery, there may be good days and there may be challenging days, and the journey through recovery is oftentimes not linear. While it can be discouraging to experience a recurrence or intensification of symptoms, we encourage all people who are working towards recovery to continue their commitment to their wellbeing.
KYC Offers Resources for Recovery
Especially as COVID-19 has led many people to feel increased stress and isolation while dealing with a multitude of new challenges, we understand that living in recovery over the recent months has been extremely challenging in many cases. Kenneth Young Center is honored to be trusted partners for many community members who are doing the difficult work of living in recovery. Here are some of the ways that KYC is proud to support people in achieving their recovery goals:
Our SMART Recovery program is a peer-led, non-clinical program for participants to achieve healthy, positive, and balanced lifestyles while navigating substance use and addictive behaviors. This evidence-based approach teaches self-empowerment and self-reliance that can greatly aid in recovery.
KYC offers individual, couple, group, and family counseling that provides a personalized and wrap-around approach to supporting people who are working toward their recovery or mental health goals. More than 4,000 youth and adults receive outpatient therapy support from KYC each year.
Our Drop-In Center is a social setting in which adults living with mental health challenges can find community with one another. The Drop-In Center runs programming 364 days a year to help visitors sharpen skills, make friends, and explore their communities together with friendly guidance from caring staff.
KYC offers SUPR (Substance Use Prevention and Recovery) support programs to people who are living with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, as well as to people who do not have a mental health diagnosis. These outpatient services are available for both youth and adults.
Through our partnership with the Illinois Division of Rehabilitation Services, we offer employment services to help people with mental health diagnoses and disabilities find and keep employment. Having a job not only provides financial benefits, but it also provides a sense of responsibility, routine, and community.
Our PSR (Psychosocial Rehabilitation) program helps adults living with severe and chronic mental illness work toward recovery by teaching them the skills they need to live, work, learn, and participate fully in the community.
These are just some of the programs that KYC offers to support people throughout their recovery journeys. If you know someone who is living with substance use or mental health concerns and is seeking support, please let them know that KYC is here to help at 847−524−8800.
Even if we’re not the best direct resource, we’re happy to provide referrals to other organizations to provide support. Check out our Recovery Toolkit for additional resources.
As the National Institute on Drug Abuse explains, a recurrence of symptoms does not mean that treatment has failed, but rather that treatment may need to be resumed, modified, or a new form of treatment should be tried. Recovery can be difficult, but it is possible. This September and throughout the year, we applaud and honor all those who are working towards their goals in recovery each day.
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