September 13, 2021

International Overdose Awareness Day and National Recovery Month

In the BALM Community, where we work throughout the year to bring recovery to families and loved ones across the globe, every day is about awareness and every month is recovery month. Yet, it is valuable to set aside time to pay special attention to how to avoid the tragedy of overdose and to celebrate the possibility of recovery.

August and September remind us of the importance of recovery in our own and our loved ones’ lives, and that of the nation. The scourge of overdose only worsened during the Covid-19 Pandemic with the increased isolation of families unable to be there for each other in the ways they previously had been.

The BALM Community shares annually in commemoration of the solemn International Overdose Awareness Day with a reminder to those whose loved ones are still alive that there is a solution-oriented approach to recovery that has the potential to stave off overdose or to help a loved one to recover if they have one and live through it.

Last year we looked at Medically Assisted Treatment and Narcan as viable options to consider to avoid or recover from overdose. You can listen to the keynote given by Dr. Barbara (“Basia”) Andraka-Christou by clicking here.

This year, we examined the power of loving conversation to help families help their loved ones find solutions to help them recover. You can listen to that keynote here.

September brings National Recovery Month, a time to remember that, with all of its dangers, Substance Use Disorder (SUD) is not always fatal. In fact, many persons with SUD do recover through multiple pathways to recovery.

You can learn more about upcoming National Recovery Month events on the Faces and Voices of Recovery website by clicking here.

And, if you want to learn more about how the BALM Family Recovery Program can help you become your loved one’s best chance at recovery, click here.

About the author

Beverly Buncher, MA, PCC, CBFRLC, CTPC, known as the "Foremost Family Recovery Life Coach in the Nation", is the Founder and CEO of Family Recovery Resources, LLC, and the BALM® (Be A Loving Mirror®) Institutes for Family Recovery Coach Training and Family Recovery Education.