National Recovery Month is observed every September to promote and support treatment and recovery practices for Americans suffering from substance use and mental illness. With a permanent theme of “Every Person. Every Family. Every Community,” Recovery Month serves as a reminder that recovery is for everyone, and that everyone can live healthy and rewarding lives.
According to the National Institutes of Health, about 45 percent of incarcerated individuals in local jails and state prisons simultaneously struggle with substance use and psychological disorder. With addiction being so common in jails and prisons, addressing substance use disorders within correctional facilities helps guide individuals towards recovery and lowers the risk for relapse after release.
At ViaPath Technologies, we understand that support from loved ones is a key factor when showing up for those struggling with behavioral health and substance abuse. That’s why we are committed to providing incarcerated individuals with the support they need to help improve the individual’s wellbeing during and post release.
Through our Inspire Tablets, we are able to offer helpful tools and resources that help incarcerated individuals heal from recovery and adopt new habits. The resources that we have made available can be accessed by individuals inside of a correctional facility and post-release:
- Breaking Free from Substance Abuse assists individuals in achieving and maintaining recovery from dependence on over 70 different substances.
- Through an exclusive partnership with Dr. Christian Conte, a mental health specialist in the field of anger and emotional management, we are able to provide unique content and videos via our Inspire Tablets, that focus on helping incarcerated individuals address their mental and emotional health.
- Peace Education Program from the Prem Rawat Foundation is a program with 10 thought-provoking themes helping participants discover a renewed sense of purpose, including how to use their own inner resources and lead more fulfilling lives.
For you and your formerly incarcerated loved ones, there are many national organizations and initiatives focused on recovery treatment paths and living a substance-free life: ·
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – Provides information and resources on beginning a journey to recovery and finding local substance abuse and mental health treatment.
- Addiction Resource – Provides relevant information related to addiction and addiction treatment, helping individuals and their families who struggle with addiction, substance use disorders, and mental health disorders by providing up-to-date, accurate, and evidence-based information, connecting individuals with treatment providers, and facilitating initial assessments.
- Rehab Spot – Provides information on overcoming addiction and finding a treatment based on a person’s location, budget, and needs, specifically focusing on properly managing traumatic experiences, such as incarceration, as those affected often try to escape their pain through drug or alcohol use.
- Sunshine Behavioral Health – Offers information on how people in recovery can still receive treatment and support during quarantine and shelter-in-place orders.
- Volunteers of America – Provides hundreds of human service programs including housing and healthcare for America’s most vulnerable groups, including returning citizens and those recovering from addictions.
If you or someone you love are looking to start on the road to recovery, SAMSHA’s treatment locator can assist in matching your needs with the right treatment option. Recovery is a journey, but every journey begins with a single step.