September is National Recovery Month
Every Person. Every Family. Every Community.
Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery from substance use and mental health, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.
Each September, Recovery Month works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.[i]
For more information about National Recovery Month, visit https://rm.facesandvoicesofrecovery.org/.
The Pollard Library has resources to support people in and seeking recovery. Our books cover general information about drugs and addiction, personal stories from recovering addicts and family members, the opioid crisis, treatment, and various phases of recovery. If you are looking for brief overviews, we have binders with handouts in both English and Spanish about addiction, the effects of drugs, treatment, and facts about a variety of substances. We even have a list of resources that includes library materials, websites, databases, and places to seek help.
The library is open for browsing. Masks are optional. If you are not comfortable entering the library, you can request items for curbside pickup during our regular hours (Monday-Thursday 9-9; Friday and Saturday 9-5). To reserve a book, place a request in the online catalog, fill out a request form, or call the reference desk at 978-674-4121. If you love these books, you can write a review or place them in the “Awesome Box” at the ground floor checkout desk.
Databases are computerized collections of articles. You can find databases on the Electronic Resources page of the library’s website https://lowelllibrary.org/research/electronic-resources/. Look for Gale Group Databases. Once you click, choose one or more of these databases:
Gale OneFile Health and Medicine has medical and professional journals, magazines, reference books, pamphlets, and videos. It is for students, health care professionals, and consumer health researchers.
Gale Health and Wellness has medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and more. It is for researchers of all levels.
Gale OneFile: Psychology has scholarly journals and about all types of psychology. It is best for researchers, psychologists, and counselors.
These are trustworthy websites that you can find on any computer with internet access or smart phone.
Get Naloxone Now https://www.getnaloxonenow.org/ offers training to respond to opioid-related overdoses.
HealthFinder https://healthfinder.gov/Default.aspx has information about prevention, preparing people for appointments, and finding providers and services. It has links to other resources. Search for “drug misuse.” You can read it in English or Spanish.
MedlinePlus https://medlineplus.gov/ links to reliable and up-to-date information about diseases, health topics, and drugs written for the average person. You can read it in English or Spanish or link to health topics in other languages.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) https://www.samhsa.gov/ has links to find treatment and information for the public about substance use and mental health.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Patients & Educators Page https://nida.nih.gov/research-topics/parents-educators has resources to help teens learn and think about making informed decisions about drug use and their health.
Drug Facts https://nida.nih.gov/drug-topics/publications/drug-facts has articles about different dugs and drug-related issues.
Lowell Community Health Center https://www.lchealth.org/patients/connect-services/treating-substance-use-disorders offers health care, including substance abuse services, to children and adults of all ages regardless of their ability to pay.
Lowell House Addiction Treatment and Recovery http://lowellhouseinc.org/ provides inpatient and outpatient treatment and living options that support recovery from addiction. They run the Recovery Café.
After hours on-call clinician: 978-788-4545
Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Addiction Services https://www.mass.gov/orgs/bureau-of-substance-addiction-services oversees the MA system of prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support services for individuals, families, and communities affected by substance addiction.
Massachusetts Substance Abuse Helpline https://helplinema.org/ is a statewide public resource for finding substance use treatment and recovery services.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Helpline https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7/365-treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental health and/or substance use disorders.
Phone: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
[i]From the National Recovery Month Website https://rm.facesandvoicesofrecovery.org/ (accessed September 2, 2022).