“Mental and substance use disorders and the societal benefits of recovery for the state of Wyoming must be addressed immediately”, according to Maggie Loghry, Peak Wellness Center Clinic Director for Platte and Goshen counties. Peak Wellness' team is embracing National Recovery Month by hosting several recovery events.
The activities include two open houses at the Torrington Peak Wellness Center clinic, a speaker discussing stigma and recovery at the Goshen County Library, and Recovery Walk and barbecue on September 29th.
To end the month of awareness, the walk and barbecue will serve to celebrate real-life examples of people in recovery. “This first annual event emphasizes that individuals in recovery and their support systems can be change agents in our communities,” Loghry said. “It is critical that people experiencing mental and substance use disorders receive the support they need. The reality is that behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover.”
In 2016, an estimated 44.7 million adults aged 18 or older (18.3 percent) had mental illness according to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual survey released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
According to Char Zephier, peer specialist in Torrington, “…we all have the potential to make a difference and be visible, vocal, and valuable to help spread the message that recovery is possible.”
This month-long celebration is part of Recovery Month, a national observance sponsored by SAMHSA, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The observance raises awareness of mental and substance use disorders, celebrates individuals in long-term recovery, and acknowledges the work of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.