The 2013 Voice Awards were held at Paramount Studios in Hollywood last week. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the awards seek to honor community and entertainment leaders for giving a voice to behavioral health recovery.
This year director David O. Russell was presented with the career achievement award, who has been at the helm of many notable films including The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook.
Special recognition was also given to Patrick Kennedy, former U.S. Representative (Rhode Island), and author and lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.
In the documentary film category, awards were given to Running From Crazy, Of Two Minds and Bill W. Feature film awards went to The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Being Flynn and Silver Linings Playbook.
Other categories included television productions and awards were also given to community activists for their efforts to raise awareness and support for recovery.
SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, J.D. said, “It is more important than ever to raise our voices — through TV, film and other media – to proclaim that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, that treatment is effective and that people recover.”
Several events for National Recovery Month celebrations throughout Arizona have already been listed as part of the 24th annual observance. These events include a retreat, a wellness expo, a recovery day festival and also an art of recovery expo.
Governor Janice Brewer also issued a proclamation (pictured) declaring September 2013 as Arizona Recovery Month. The document urges Arizona citizens to have programs, activities and ceremonies supporting the movement.
This year’s theme is “Together on Pathways to Wellness”. Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental health and substance abuse problems while celebrating people in recovery, lauding the contributions of treatment and service providers as well as promoting the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.
A valuable resource for ongoing promotion of recovery-related issues in Arizona is Together AZ. As an online and print magazine, each monthly issue is filled with educational articles for personal growth, self discovery and spirituality for the addiction recovery community. According to their website, Together AZ is not affiliated with any particular 12-Step program or organization though we encourage them all. One essential ingredient of recovery is knowing you are not on this journey alone.
If you or a loved one is in need of a recovery program for mental health or substance abuse problems, contact Desert Cove Recovery today to get started on your pathway to wellness.