01 Oct Recovery Is Beautiful: The First Year
As Recovery Is Beautiful is approaching the close of its first year there are quite a few accomplishments to be celebrated! Countless recovery stories have been shared on RecoveryIsBeautiful.org which has given individuals and their family members a platform to tell their stories and inspire others to do the same. This has provided hope and has given individuals a place to find help with their illnesses.
With help from the Recovery is Beautiful Advisory Committee, we have built a strong database of existing supports in Ohio. This ‘get help’ resource hub is for individuals in recovery and their family members to find county-specific hotlines, Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) groups, Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) groups, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) chapters, treatment providers on the mental health and addiction side, and consumer-operated services in their area. With thousands of hits to the website since its inception in the fall of 2012, the website has been seen by individuals across Ohio and state around the country.
It is truly amazing to see how far Recovery Is Beautiful has come in just a year. We have given over 100 statewide presentations focused on what Recovery Is Beautiful stands for and changing the conversation. Countless individuals and community leaders have gotten behind Recovery Is Beautiful which makes it possible to get the word out and help Ohioan’s live better, healthier and drug-free lives. We have also given out approximately 27,000 purple Recovery Is Beautiful bands. These bands are a great way to change the conversation and help people to understand that mental illness and addiction are chronic diseases, that treatment works and people recover, and recovery should be celebrated! It is great to know that more people are learning about treatment and recovery which helps to remove the stigma around those who have a mental illness and/or addiction. As the year comes to a close we are very thankful for the success we have had and look forward to the future of Recovery Is Beautiful!