Celebrate National Recovery Month by sharing a story about your recovery journey!
This application is for consideration to share your story through creative expression (ex: story, poetry, song, video, or something of this nature) about living with a Mental Health and/or Substance Use challenge and the reality of recovery. If selected to interview, you will receive notice by August 21. Selected presentations will be shared with a large audience at a September 25 program.
This is Recovery:
Learn more about living in recovery in Arlington and Northern Virginia
“This is Recovery” is a 14-minute video featuring men and women across Northern Virginia who share their stories of recovery to help others who are dealing with similar challenges. They enable and inspire all of us to live in hope. This video was funded by the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Development Services and produced by members of the Virginia Recovery Initiative Region 2.
What is Recovery?
Recovery from mental health and substance use disorders is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. –SAMHSA March 2012
We believe in recovery for all people with mental health and substance use disorders, while recognizing that recovery is a non-linear process and different for each person.
The recovery principle we follow is to offer a continuum of services that people want and incorporate the attitude that recovery is possible for each individual. We promote hope, healing, empowerment, connection and personal responsibility for each person.
- All services are geared to empower people to recover in their own way, in their own timeline, to live the life they want while integrated into the community.
- We encourage the involvement of peers at every level. A peer is defined as a person with a mental illness or substance use disorder who serves in a professional or support capacity with others to aid them in their recovery process. Peers are encouraged to become involved in service delivery, decision making and advisory capacities. We utilize peers throughout its services in staff positions.
Some of the ways that you can become involved are:
- Join the Community Services Board, a sub-committee or the Recovery Committee.
- Volunteer at a Community Services Board program.
- Join the Client Advisory Council.
- Apply for a peer staff position, as they become available.
- Complete the Annual Client Satisfaction Survey.
- Serve as a panel member for staff recruitment.
- Participate in peer-run/consumer operated programs.
For more information on opportunities to become involved, contact our Wellness and Recovery Manager or your Case Manager.