National Recovery Month 2021

National Recovery Month Honors “Every Person, Every Family, Every Community”

AGOURA HILLS, California – Addiction, eating disorders, chronic pain, trauma, and other mental health challenges can feel deeply isolating. Often, a person withdraws from everything and everyone they love. Their former selves seem like a far-off memory.

Those who watch the decline grow increasingly desperate, unable to understand their pain and powerless to lift them up from it.

That’s why National Recovery Month, held each September, seems especially meaningful this year. The 2021 theme reminds individuals they’re never alone: “Recovery is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community.”

It may have been easy to feel even more alone last year, as people were forced to “shelter in place,” and not see friends and family for months at a time. In some cases, that meant cutting off the few links to the outside world that remained, said Dr. Shari Corbitt, founder of Awakenings Treatment Center, a restorative facility for people experiencing mental health and addiction challenges in Agoura Hills.

But that doesn’t mean a person needs to stay suffering alone. Recovery is an ongoing process, she said, and while the journey starts from within, it works best with love and support from others.

“The pandemic and resulting isolation were hard on most people. But for many, it goes far beyond that. If you’re wondering why you can’t seem to ‘snap out of it’ or blaming yourself for not ‘doing the right thing to feel better, there is help. You just have to reach out your hand,” Corbitt said. “You don’t have to stay there another day.”

Recognizing that each journey is different, Awakenings Treatment Center offers custom recovery that encompasses the mind, body, and spirit. It works by getting to the core issues of past traumas and experiences that show up as anxiety, depression, addiction, and other sometimes debilitating conditions. The Center encourages families and friends to actively participate if that works for them.

Clients receive a range of holistic services tailored to their individual needs, including alternative therapies such as breathwork, meditation, and mindfulness as well as the latest in neurofeedback, Alpha-Stim, and movement therapy. And Awakenings has implemented rigorous cleaning standards at its 13,000-square-foot facility for a safe, comfortable experience.

–Awakenings Treatment Center is located at 28632 Roadside Drive, Suite 210, in Agoura Hills. For information on admissions, call 855-717-3268 or visit