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Monarch hosts National Recovery Month Event

10-Recovery-MonthMonarch recognized National Recovery Month during September by celebrating the success of those in recovery from substance and drug abuse disorders.

Judith Chappell, a behavioral health therapist at Monarch, organized the event by inviting individuals who have successfully completed Monarch’s Substance Abuse program to come back and share their story of recovery.

One of the men who shared his story at the event has been clean and sober for three years. He spoke about his struggle with alcohol addiction and his recovery from it, along with continued AA meeting attendance.

Chappell invited community partners, including the Stanly County Department of Social Services, Stanly Community College, Vocational Rehabilitation and many more, to attend the event. Participants viewed a documentary called “The Anonymous People” which shares a few of the stories of the over 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs.

Chappell said the event gave people who have been clean and sober a platform to share their stories and be proud of their recovery. It also gave hope to those still struggling to recover.

“When you’re in those early days and struggling to put in 30 days of sobriety, having people in front of you saying ‘My life is so much better now’ speaks hope to them, and that’s what this recovery celebration was about. Letting them know they aren’t alone and recovery is possible,” Chappell said.

Click here for more information on the documentary “The Anonymous People.”

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