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Celebrating Recovery

Recovery Month draws attention to the positive aspects of overcoming addiction.

—Counselling Services' Director Judith Seymour

September is Recovery Month and the Department of Counselling Services (DoCS) will be lauding those in the community who are working to triumph over substance abuse.

Department Director Judith Seymour said that the month is in keeping with similar celebrations in the United States.

"Recovery Month draws attention to the positive aspects of overcoming addiction.

Rather than focus on negatives, we use the month to pay tribute to our clients and others in Cayman who are taking that bold step to get on the path to healthy lifestyles," Ms. Seymour said.

She added that it is also a way to celebrate the counsellors, families and community members who provide support to loved ones dealing with drug and alcohol addiction.

The campaign will help the DoCS to engage the wider community, enabling persons to better understand addiction and thereby provide greater encouragement to recovering substance abusers.

As part of Recovery Month, Ms. Seymour said, the department will be conducting a public awareness campaign. She added that each week will focus on a different aspect of recovery.

"The first week in September will focus on recovery and the family, followed by an emphasis on women. Week three will concentrate on children, while the final week will celebrate recovery in general," Ms. Seymour said.

For further information on Recovery Month and DoCS, call 949-8789 or visit their offices on the third floor of the Flagship Building on the George Town waterfront.

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For further information contact: Prudence Barnes