The cities of Sherman and Denison are joining Texoma Community Center and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in proclaiming September as “National Recovery Month” in an effort to build awareness for substance abuse treatment options.

Kristi Gourd, substance use treatment services director for TCC, said proclamations like those recently made by the two cities help make the public more aware of treatment options and reduce the stigma associated with seeking treatment for substance abuse. Gourd said people think if they have a problem and seek treatment, it would have a negative impact on their lives.

“There is zero judgment,” Gourd said. “Recovery is possible for everybody. We are here to help people who want to make a positive change, whatever that means to them. There is no shame in seeking treatment any more than there is for diabetes or high blood pressure.”

Gourd said the center offers an adult outpatient program, specialized adult female programs and OSAR screenings used to determine the level of care needed, among others The center also recently started providing services for the Grayson County Star Family Drug Court and have recovery coaches available.

“The center has been working with the state to bring as many programs in the area as we can to serve the local communities,” Gourd said. “We have received a state award to open an adolescent treatment program. We will hold an open house around Halloween to help start treating outpatients,”

Next week, the center will be partnering with the Texoma Medical Center Behavioral Health Center to bring a Hands to Hope event in Sherman on Sept. 18. Gourd said it will be an outdoor event with hamburgers and hot dogs that will be open to the public.

“National Recovery Month is an acknowledgement substance use disorders exist in the community,” Gourd said. “Regardless of race, gender or socio-economic class, everyone most likely knows someone who has been affected by substance misuse at some point.”