September is National Recovery Month, and on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be an assortment of activities in downtown Warren. On the courthouse square, there will be the Rally for Recovery, featuring a run/walk, among other things. This is sponsored by the Alliance for Awareness, the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP), and Trumbull-Ashtabula Group Task Force (TAG).
I can say with confidence that there is likely no one who has not had a family member or friend who struggled with addiction or mental illness. Many times, these two go hand in hand. You may have lived in a family where such issues were not talked about, or you may have felt shame for your own issues. You may recall a relative who just "was not right" or who struggled to have a successful life. If you can relate to any of this, I have good news for you.
No longer do we speak about these twin ravages in hushed tones. Now, we as a society, as a community, speak out and say that stigma and shame do absolutely nothing to make us stronger. We become stronger when we become more open-minded, more educated, more inclusive. Those among us who have experienced addiction and recovery know it's true: We cannot fix what we will not talk about. All that is needed is some education, encouragement and the knowledge that many people share the same struggles.
On Sept. 21, people will have the opportunity to hear people speak about their personal struggles and subsequent recovery and renewal. We in Trumbull County are fortunate to have many places to find help and support. In fact, Trumbull County is becoming a very pro-recovery place to live. If people are in need of some support, or if they wish to add their voice to the many others attending, they should come down to courthouse square on that Saturday. Or, they can contact the Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board at 330-675-2765. We will be glad to answer questions and offer resources. People are not alone. Treatment works and people recover.
Sharon A. Norman
Chairman, Trumbull County
Mental Health and