September is National Recovery Month, and The Way Out Recovery Rehab in Santa Clarita celebrated this last week during their annual “The Voices of Recovery” event.
The event took place Sept. 18 in partnership with College of the Canyons and the Child & Family Center, and included a professional panel, personal stories of recovery and local resources, all centered on the goal of stigma reduction for addiction and recovery.
The Way Out Recovery SCV Program Director Bob Sharits kicked off the evening with a round of applause for those in recovery from substance abuse or mental health issues.
“It is a big deal that you are in recovery,” Sharits told attendees from the podium. “You should be proud of yourselves, because we are extremely proud of you. Addiction and mental health, it can be so debilitating, and those of you that suffer understand that. For you to get up and ask for help, and to receive that help and get in the process, is an amazing and incredible thing.”
Next, Sharits talked about the stigma with mental health and addiction, sharing that part of the goal of the event is to help anyone who doesn’t understand what it’s like to suffer from these issues obtain a new perspective, and realize that these issues don’t discriminate.
“Nobody is exempt from those issues,” Sharits said. “It can be anybody… No matter if it’s the person that suffers that’s living over here in Stevenson Ranch or if it’s the person that suffers that’s living in the wash in Canyon Country, they suffer the same, and we want you to understand that so that when you know somebody or someone approaches you, we want it to be a safe space.”
The second part of event organizers’ goal of stigma reduction had to do with the hope that those who are suffering can someday be comfortable talking openly about their struggles and live “transparently,” according to Sharits.
“My goal for me personally is to walk around in an absolute, 100 percent transparent life. I want to live that way because I don’t like having secrets,” he said. “I would love for everybody to have that same goal… We want you to do that on your own time. We’re not going to go out and tell the world that you’re in recovery, but wouldn’t it be nice to live in a world where I could do that and not be judged?”
Wrapping up his time at the podium, Sharits stressed how important it is to ask for help with mental health and substance use issues, and spotlighted the people who have made it their life’s mission locally to offer that help to anyone in need.
“In the Santa Clarita Valley, we are blessed,” Sharits said. “The problem is, we’re scared to ask for help. I don’t know what that is. There are so many people out there suffering and they’re not asking for help, and there are amazing organizations out here. All you have to do is ask for help, and there are people here to help you that have dedicated their lives to doing that, and so I want to thank them for that.”
In Santa Clarita, drug issues are a major concern for many. The mission of the Santa Clarita rehab The Way Out Recovery SCV Drug and Alcohol Outpatient Treatment is to provide high quality, effective alcohol and drug outpatient treatment. The drug rehab’s goal is to assist adolescents, adults and their loved ones in becoming happily and usefully whole, free from drug addiction. Those seeking Santa Clarita drug treatment or a teen drug rehab can rest assured that The Way Out Recovery’s philosophy is to teach lifelong coping skills and strategies to assist in improving quality of life and living happily and meaningfully without the need of destructive behaviors.
The Way Out Recovery SCV
28118 Bouquet Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, CA 91350