Recovery Month Article

Each September across the nation, many will be increasing awareness of National Recovery Month. Established in 1989, this observance is held annually to promote mental health and substance use recovery practices, support groups and to build a community of recovery and strength for those who struggle with mental health and addiction.

Admitting to oneself that they have a mental health or substance use problem takes tremendous courage. Just as we celebrate those who have successfully managed conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, Recovery Month celebrates improvements and gains made by those who suffer from mental health and substance use disorders and who are on their journey to a better well-being. This is also a time to increase knowledge and inclusivity of access to local treatment providers, programs and other support groups that are available throughout the entirety of the recovery process.

What is Recovery?

Recovery is a process of changes to overcome or manage symptoms to improve overall health and wellness. Recovery month is focused on mental health and substance use recovery, but recovery can be seen in dealing with grief and trauma as well.

If you or someone you love is experiencing symptoms of mental health or substance use disorders, please contact UofL Health – Peace Hospital for a no-charge assessment and assistance with treatment options. Call 502-451-3333 or 800-451-3637.

UofL Health offers a voluntary inpatient medically managed withdrawal (detox) unit at UofL Health – Mary & Elizabeth Hospital, inpatient medically managed withdrawal units at Peace Hospital, as well intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization treatment programs at the UofL Health – Peace Hospital Adult Outpatient Center.

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Michael Gosser, LCSW, LCADC

Michael Gosser, LCSW, LCADC is the Director of Adult Outpatient for UofL Health – Peace Hospital, where he works as a licensed clinical social worker and a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor. He has been working in the behavioral health field for over 25 years and at Peace Hospital since 2015.

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