Does Talking About Recovery Make You Uncomfortable?

Sep 9, 2020Blog

Does Talking About Recovery Make You Uncomfortable?

Leslie Brown, CEO, Hudson Behavioral Health

According to SAMHSA*, more than 23 million Americans are in recovery for some form of addiction. If everyone in recovery were to form a state, we’d have the third largest population in the nation behind California and New York.

That is why National Recovery Month is so important. Held every September and now in its 31st year, it serves as a reminder that recovery is not just something one does, it becomes who you are, 365 days a year. And it shows others not yet in recovery what is possible.

In Wicomico County where we are based (and with similar initiatives in all the counties we serve), the month is filled with activities gathered under the banner “Wicomico Goes Purple”**. From seminars to movies to food drives, the goal is to encourage our community to stand up against substance abuse while engaging in conversation about prevention, treatment, recovery and the role of prescription drugs in these challenges.

Every day on our campus we see the impact opioids, alcohol and other substances have on the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of individuals. It devastates the individual and the people who love them. The decision to choose recovery is never taken lightly. It is a decision by an individual to wage war against an enemy; to regain the choices and direction that have been lost under the power of addiction.

Chances are you know someone who is in recovery; it may even be you. You may know someone fighting addiction right now and you may not even be aware of it.

What can you do? Lend your voice to the recovery effort. Talk about it in person when you can, or on social media. Read up on it and share resources.

Remind people to recycle their opioids and other medication safely. Here on the Lower Shore many police and sheriff stations have secure recycling boxes.

Donate food and supplies to local food banks and school supplies to local drives. Often for people and families in recovery, just a little support of the basics can make the difference.

And celebrate those in recovery. If you are in our area, one way to do that is to join us at Shorebirds Stadium on September 18 for a firework show. You can buy a pass to park in the parking lot, and set your lawn chairs up in a safe space by your car (as marked.) It’s going to be a great evening of community support and enthusiasm for the positives in our lives. Visit for tickets and information.

Because truly, recovery is something to be celebrated. It is a brave choice. A hard choice. One that is made over and again for days, weeks, months and, when we are fortunate, decades, or, as they say, “One day at a time.”

If you or someone you care about needs information about recovery on the Eastern Shore, visit – our region’s first and only residential recovery center, with 40 years of experience and success.

*SAMHSA is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Visit

**Wicomico Goes Purple is an initiative from the Wicomico County Opioid Intervention Team and the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore.

About us

Hudson Behavioral Health was formed in 1980 (as Hudson Health Services, Inc.) to bring the first residential recovery program to the Eastern Shore. Today, thousands of patients later, we remain the leader in recovery programs and resources, with our staff of 100 committed to serving each patient as an individual.