4 Ways We’re Celebrating Recovery Month

Kelly Fitzgerald Junco | SHE RECOVERS® Foundation

“You don’t have to recover alone and September is a month to celebrate your recovery journey.”

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Recovery is something to be celebrated, but this wasn’t always the case. For years recovery was thought about in black and white terms – living or dying, good or bad, alcoholic or not. Now we understand that recovery is something we create. Recovery includes many different pathways and patchworks. It’s not something to be ashamed of, it’s something to be proud of!
Here are the ways we’re celebrating Recovery Month this year. We invite you to do the same.

1. Sharing Our Stories

One of the SHE RECOVERS Intentions & Guiding Principles says, when we’re ready we recover out loud so other women who are struggling can find and join our movement. What better time to share your personal story than Recovery Month? It’s a moment to celebrate, to reduce stigma, and share hope for others. If you’re unsure where to start, we’ve created a toolkit for how to share your story when you’re ready. Remember, you can share however you want, whenever you want.

2. Attending the SHE RECOVERS Online Gatherings

We offer twice-a-day free online gatherings for women – and non-binary individuals who identify with women’s communities – who are in or seeking recovery. Our community cites these gatherings as helping them heal, connect, find support and community, and grow in their recovery. This month especially, we are talking about how grateful we are for recovery and how we’re celebrating our successes and solutions during these gatherings.
If you want to celebrate – make sure you mark your calendar and join us!

3. Raising Funds for Women in Recovery

The SHE RECOVERS foundation is uniting to ignite $30,000 in 30 days to help women in recovery this month. Why does this matter? We need you to help! Together we hold the power and the presence to be a mighty force for good in our world. You can set up your own fundraiser in under 3 minutes. Need a little help to get the sparks flying? Watch a quick step-by-step video featuring the oh-so-inspiring Katie Christianson on how to set one up here. Then share with your family, friends, co-workers, and social networks to raise donations.
If we all do our part we can make sure these critical online gatherings stay free forever.


4. Planning One Self-Care Event Each Week

Self-care is an essential part of recovery. Sometimes we don’t understand how important self-care is until we start to explore recovery. Since this month is all about celebrating recovery – we want to make sure you’re making time to schedule self-care. We recommend planning one self-care event a week. This could be something enjoyable like taking an hour to read a book, scheduling a massage, planning dinner with friends, or something else that needs to get done like booking a doctor’s appointment, paying a bill, grocery shopping, or setting reminders to take your medicine. Self-care can be a range of different activities, so it’s up to you to decide how it can fit into your schedule in a productive, but not stressful way.
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