From the desk of Harvest President Kate Keller
Martinsville-Henry County is a community that understands the power of resilience and unity.
Against the backdrop of scenic landscapes and small-town charm, this region grapples with the challenges of substance abuse and addiction. However, the people of Martinsville and Henry County are working together to tackle these challenges with a spirit of togetherness and hope. This is why National Recovery Month holds a special significance in this community, as it becomes a time to celebrate achievements, raise awareness, and pave the way for a brighter future.
September is not just another month on the calendar for Martinsville and Henry County—it’s a time of reflection, encouragement, and renewed dedication to fighting addiction. National Recovery Month, established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), aims to celebrate the success stories of those in recovery, promote treatment and mental health services, and foster a deeper understanding of substance abuse disorders.
Martinsville and Henry County have witnessed firsthand the devastating impact of addiction on individuals, families, and the community as a whole. National Recovery Month provides an opportunity to highlight the strides the community has taken, showcase the local resources available, and recognize the individuals who have triumphed over addiction.
CHILL MHC, a group of local high school students who empower the community to make positive choices, is showcasing its members through the Faces of CHILL: Faces of Hope initiative. While honoring those lost to addiction, they are also celebrating recovery and want to serve as faces of hope within our community.
The Piedmont Adult Drug Treatment Court just celebrated its first graduate, Jessica Dudley. As a funding partner in this program that’s proven to be successful, we’re excited to see graduates begin new phases of their lives in recovery and hope.
One of the most crucial aspects of National Recovery Month is its role in breaking down the stigma surrounding addiction. By openly discussing addiction and sharing stories of recovery, MHC is fostering an environment of empathy and understanding. This not only encourages individuals to seek help without fear of judgment but also educates the broader community about the challenges of addiction and recovery. Throughout the month, we will be sharing local stories celebrating individuals in recovery.
Hope is a driving force behind recovery, and National Recovery Month serves as a beacon of hope for MHC. By celebrating success stories, showcasing local role models, and emphasizing the availability of effective treatments, the community paints a picture of a brighter future—one where recovery is not only achievable but sustainable.
In Martinsville and Henry County, National Recovery Month is not just an event—it’s a testament to the resilience of a community that has united against the challenges of addiction. As September arrives each year, MHC can stand as a shining example of what can be achieved when a community embraces hope, compassion, and a shared determination to heal.