Northlake Lighthouse – September 2021
SAMHSA Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration
This month of September is the 31st year observing recovery from substances. It is a month to recognize all of those who are currently struggling with substance use issues, and to recognize those who are in recovery, acknowledging the challenging road that recovery is.
The following article is from Substance and Mental Health Services this month:
National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. Now in its 31st year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those living in recovery.
Every family is unique, but all families share a bond that can be used to support one another during trying times.
While there is no one-size-fits-all solution for helping a family member who is drinking too much, using drugs, or dealing with a mental illness, research shows that family support can play a major role in helping a loved one with mental and substance use disorders.
When a family member is experiencing a mental or substance use disorder, it can affect more than just the person in need of recovery. Evidence has shown that some people have a genetic predisposition for developing mental and substance use disorders, and may be at greater risk based on environmental factors such as having grown up in a home affected by a family member’s mental health or history of substance use. Families should be open to the options of support groups or family therapy and counseling, which can improve treatment effectiveness by supporting the whole family.
It is also important to remember that the unique challenges that come from helping a loved one with a mental or substance use disorder can be taxing, so caregivers should take steps to prioritize their own health as well.
Family members may be more likely to notice when their loved ones are experiencing changes in mood or behavior. Being able to offer support, family members can connect those in need with treatment, resources, and services to begin and stay on their recovery journey.
Update on in-person services
– Ellie P., Board president of NUUC
It seems not long ago that many of us were celebrating a return to some semblance of normal as our local vaccination rate soared. I, along with many of you, have been looking forward to worshipping in person in our beloved sanctuary.
However, that enthusiasm has been tempered by the increase in COVID infection due to the Delta variant. The risk level of COVID infection for our area is now categorized as Very High, based on daily new cases (per 100K), infection rate, and positive test rate. In addition, there is increasing anecdotal evidence that vaccinated individuals can become infected with COVID.
As a result, it’s with regret that I write to let you know that last Wednesday, the Board of Trustees voted to delay the return of in-person services until we are below the “Very High” category, at which time the board will reassess the situation.
I know this comes as a great disappointment to many, but I hope you will also feel heartened that we’ve taken steps to reduce the risk level to our cherished community. We’ll be working with Reverend Nancy and DLRE Margaret to explore opportunities for safe, small group gatherings in order to maintain, if not grow the sense of community among our members during this difficult time.
I welcome your thoughts and questions about this decision and our plans to move forward. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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