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Serenity Service: A celebration of hope and recovery

To the editor:

Every September, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and to celebrate the people who are in recovery. The 2019 theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger”. During this month the hope is to positively advance the public’s knowledge of mental and substance use disorders, and to encourage acceptance of those with these disorders, and to inspire action for people to get help for themselves and their loved ones.

To celebrate Recovery Month in New Ulm, the 2nd Annual Serenity Service will take place at United Church of Christ, 301 S. Minnesota Street, New Ulm, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, September 22. This Celebration of Hope and Recovery will include sharing by a couple of persons in recovery, and reflections by several local clergy. All are invited to attend, so that as a community we may be more understanding and supportive of those in recovery. This event is co-sponsored by CARE (Community Advocates for Recovery) and New Ulm Medical Center.

Mental and substance use disorders are common and can affect anyone, and millions of Americans suffer from these disorders. Our community must remain vigilant and dedicated to the recovery process by helping people address these preventable and treatable conditions, and support individuals in recovery, as well as their family members. Despite the prevalence of these conditions, recovery from mental and substance use disorders is possible. However, a person with a mental or substance use disorder may find it difficult to reach out for help alone, but families and support networks can help make the connection to appropriate resources. Getting help may improve the chances of managing a behavioral health condition, and reduce or eliminate associated symptoms, and save a life.

Steve Schneider

New Ulm

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