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Nation­al Recov­ery Month 2021

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Hon­or­ing Nation­al Recov­ery Month

Each Sep­tem­ber, SAMH­SA (Sub­stance Abuse and Men­tal Health Ser­vices Admin­is­tra­tion) rec­og­nizes Nation­al Recov­ery Month as a time to hon­or peo­ple liv­ing in recov­ery from sub­stance use and men­tal health dis­or­ders, as well as increase aware­ness of evi­dence-based treat­ment and recov­ery ser­vices. Now in its 32nd year, Recov­ery Month pro­motes the strong and proud recov­ery com­mu­ni­ty and the ded­i­ca­tion of ser­vice providers and com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers across the nation who make recov­ery in all its forms possible.

As of 2020, 1,754,000 adults liv­ing in Illi­nois have a men­tal ill­ness (18.06% of the pop­u­la­tion), mak­ing our state the 8th high­est preva­lence of men­tal ill­ness in the nation, accord­ing to Men­tal Health Amer­i­ca. Through Recov­ery Month, com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers learn about men­tal health and sub­stance use dis­or­ders, reduc­ing stig­ma and bar­ri­ers to receiv­ing care. Check out some ways that you can take an active role in sup­port­ing recov­ery below!

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5 Steps You Can Take Now to Hon­or Nation­al Recov­ery Month

1 — Check out our Recov­ery Toolkit

Our Recov­ery Toolk­it is filled with free resources for peo­ple seek­ing sup­port for sub­stance use or addic­tive behav­iors. Fea­tured resources are avail­able in a num­ber of for­mats and platforms. 

2 — Guard and Dis­card Pre­scrip­tion Medications

Prop­er usage, stor­age, and dis­pos­al of med­ica­tion pre­vents pre­scrip­tion drug mis­use as well as acci­den­tal poi­son­ings. Pro­tect your­self, loved ones, and the envi­ron­ment by safe­ly dis­pos­ing of your unused or expired med­ica­tions at your local drug take-back loca­tion. Click here to find a take-back loca­tion near you.

3 — Join Us for Recov­ery Month Events

Join us Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 11th for Resilience Fest and Sat­ur­day, Sep­tem­ber 18th for Remem­ber. Recov­er. Dis­cov­er.” as we learn, grow, and empow­er one anoth­er in recovery!

4 — Make a Gift to Sup­port Our Com­mu­ni­ty-Based Men­tal Health Programs

KYC pro­vides inten­sive men­tal health out­reach and sup­port to com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers tran­si­tion­ing from nurs­ing homes to inde­pen­dent liv­ing, some­times for the first time in their lives. Your dona­tion today gives a meal or basic needs items for an adult with seri­ous men­tal ill­ness on their mov­ing day – a lov­ing wel­come back to liv­ing independently!

5 — Spread the Word on Social Media

Part of Nation­al Recov­ery Month is increas­ing aware­ness of the recov­ery resources that our com­mu­ni­ties offer. You can help spread the word about KYC’s pro­grams by shar­ing this post on Face­book, Twit­ter, or Insta­gram. Don’t for­get to like and fol­low KYC’s pages, too!

Recov­ery Resources at KYC

If you or some­one you know is look­ing for sup­port for sub­stance use or men­tal health con­cerns, Ken­neth Young Cen­ter is here to help. Through our suite of ser­vices, our team will work with you to find the right sup­ports for each per­son. Call us today at 8475248800.

SMART Recov­ery

SMART Recov­ery is a peer-led, non-clin­i­­cal pro­gram for par­tic­i­pants to achieve healthy, pos­i­tive, and bal­anced lifestyles while nav­i­gat­ing sub­stance use and addic­tive behav­iors. The only thing that’s uni­ver­sal is that you seek a solu­tion” shared Daryl Pass, SMART Recov­ery Project Lead.

Out­pa­tient Therapy

KYC offers per­son­al­ized indi­vid­ual, cou­ple, group, and fam­i­ly coun­sel­ing to peo­ple who are work­ing toward their men­tal health goals. More than 4,000 youth and adults receive out­pa­tient ther­a­py sup­port from KYC each year.

Drop-In Cen­ter

Our Drop-In Cen­ter is a social set­ting for adults liv­ing with men­tal health diag­noses to find com­mu­ni­ty and sup­port dai­ly. Click here to learn more and to view the cur­rent Drop-In Cen­ter activities!

SUPR Ser­vices

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.

Employ­ment Services

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.

Psy­choso­cial Rehabilitation

PSR (Psy­choso­cial Reha­bil­i­ta­tion) helps adults liv­ing with severe and chron­ic men­tal ill­ness work toward recov­ery by practic­ing skills to live, work, learn, and par­tic­i­pate ful­ly in the community.

Com­mu­ni­ty Sup­port Programs

We pro­vide a range of inten­sive com­mu­ni­ty-based men­tal health pro­grams to sup­port clients as they devel­op inde­pen­dent liv­ing skills.

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KYC is proud to honor National Recovery Month as part of our #KYC50For50 campaign, highlighting 50 stories, events, and activities for our 50 years of service.


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