Hamilton Center Recognizes September as National Recovery Month

You are not alone. Recovery is possible.

That is the message that the staff and board of directors of Hamilton Center, Inc. want the community to understand. Now in its 29th year of national recognition, Hamilton Center, Inc. looks to spread awareness of September as National Recovery Month. Its purpose is to highlight the achievements of individuals who have reclaimed their lives in the process of recovery from mental illness and/or addiction.

Recovering from addiction, suicidality, and other mental illnesses is a lifelong journey, filled with highs and lows. It is essential that recovery is understood to be ongoing, rather than a static destination or outcome. For many, recovery is a process of regaining something lost, like family, a job, or dignity, while for others, recovery can be simply learning how to recognize and identify the moments that a person needs support, and then learning to take the steps to get that help. “Recovery is fluid – it is not linear – and we should not expect an end, but rather a different shape,” said therapist Natasha Newcomb, LSW, MSW at Hamilton Center, Inc.

Hamilton Center continues to create, expand, and improve services for individuals struggling with addiction, mental illness, and other disorders. The organization reaffirms to those suffering that recovery is possible by identifying these illnesses as physiological and physical afflictions and promoting individualized treatment. Hamilton Center provides a full continuum of care with different levels of care to treat each person’s specific needs. Services include support for those suffering from serious mental illnesses, like depression and bi-polar disorder as well as acute needs such as helping people cope with loss or change in life. In addition, the organization recently developed a committee, the Zero Suicide Committee, address suicide prevention both internally in the organization and externally in the community. “One suicide in this community is too many,” said Melvin L. Burks, Hamilton Center’s CEO. “We will continue our outreach in the community to assist people with identifying risk of suicide in their friends, neighbors and family,” he said.

Hamilton Center, Inc. is a regional behavioral health system in Central and West Central Indiana. Services are provided to adolescents and adults, with specialized programs for expectant mothers, infants, and people with drug and alcohol problems. Counseling services are provided for people who may be struggling with stress, life changes, or relationship issues as well as more serious problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, and serious mental illnesses.

For information on Hamilton Center Services call (800) 742-0787.

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