By Nadine Knapp: Looking for a way to support yourself or a loved one in recovery? Join a Heroes In Recovery 6K race near you to help break the stigma of seeking help for addiction of all kinds.
Heroes in Recovery celebrates the heroic efforts of those who seek the addiction and mental health help they need without feeling ashamed or isolated. They will be hosting 10 6K races across the country this year. This grassroots movement is intended to remove the social stigma and to connect those in recovery through sharing our stories and engaging in community together.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 23 million people needed treatment last year and only 3 million sought help. Ten million Americans did not receive needed mental health care. The stigma associated with substance abuse and mental health disorders creates a significant barrier to individuals and families seeking help.
Heroes in Recovery is a grassroots movement intended to remove the social stigma associated with people who are in recovery, to recognize the heroic effort it takes to overcome the obstacles in seeking help, and to celebrate the act of preventing the past from kidnapping the future. While the movement initially focuses on persons recovering from addictive behavior, it is meant also to recognize heroes recovering from many other types of disorders and trauma that can feed or manifest from an addiction.
The Heroes in Recovery 6K races serve as an educational tool for the community as well as a reminder to individuals that while they are on a personal journey of recovery, many others are on that road with them.
For more information or to register for any of the Heroes 6K Races, go to HeroesInRecovery6K.com.