Rogers Memorial Hospital Celebrates Recovery Month

Posted on 09/08/15 01:59:pm


September is “National Recovery Month(link is external),” a nationwide observance established by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(link is external) (SAMHSA), commemorating those in recovery from substance abuse, as well as raising awareness for mental health. Now in its 26th year, National Recovery Month was created to reinforce these messages:

  • behavioral health is directly connected to a person’s overall health
  • prevention is effective
  • treatment is successful
  • recovery is possible

According to SAMHSA, behavioral health providers have collectively seen more positive treatment outcomes, such as those created by Rogers, as they shift to a recovery-oriented model of care. Despite this increase in positive treatment outcomes, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that of all Americans suffering from drug or alcohol abuse who need treatment, only 11.2% of them receive professional help. Even if a person does seek out a treatment facility, their recovery process is far from easy.

Michael M. Miller, MD, FASAM, FAPA, medical director of Rogers’ Herrington Recovery Center in Oconomowoc, says, “At Rogers, we train patients for the marathon that the recovery process is; it’s not just a 100-meter dash to the finish. Their real work is just beginning after their discharge and it’s up to them to continue on their journey to wellness.”

Rogers helps prepare people for the marathon recovery process by including a patient’s family in the treatment process, which ensures a more successful transition back into the home. Exposure outings and discharge planning also help make provisions to ensure the patient will be successful in their lives beyond Rogers. Rogers InHealth(link is external), also helps individuals through the recovery process by sharing personal stories, offering hope to all people suffering from substance abuse and encouraging patients to push through their marathon.

Dr. Miller goes on to address recovery by explaining that addiction is a brain disease. “When an individual’s brain becomes unable to impede certain impulses, such as to drink alcohol or use drugs, the disease can often destroy multiple facets of their lives, such as their relationships with friends and family or disrupt their work productivity. That is why at Rogers, we address recovery by both abstinence and cognitive retraining.” The Herrington Recovery Center is one resource that allows patients to unite under a common goal and even support one another after discharge.

At the Herrington Recovery Center, patients utilizing addiction services celebrate their initial recovery with a formal ceremony as they leave Rogers. It helps them acknowledge their completion of the beginning stages of the 12-step program, a method designed to overcome addiction which was created by a co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Addiction treatment at Rogers Memorial Hospital incorporates this traditional 12-step program into a range of innovative therapeutic modalities including group therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), relapse prevention therapy and more. 

Working hard to create positive treatment outcomes begins with a strong foundation of evidence-based treatment, which directly supports a patient’s recovery process—leading to the discovery of health, wellness and a life worth living. Rogers Memorial Hospital offers individualized treatment plans and multiple levels of mental health and addiction services including: withdrawal management, inpatient, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient and residential treatment. If you or someone you know is struggling with recovery, learn more at or call 800-767-4411 for a free screening.

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