National Recovery MonthLast Updated: Thursday, September 6, 2018
National Recovery Month, held each year during the month of September, is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Did you know that about 3.8 million people in the U.S. over the age of 12 received some kind of substance use treatment within the past year (2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health)? In addition, the survey estimates that 21 million people in the same age range need substance abuse treatment. Considering these stats, you probably know someone fighting addiction.
National Recovery Month – now in its 29th year – recognizes the millions of Americans in treatment for substance use, as well as recovery service providers. It also encourages those struggling with substance use to seek professional help.
“Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” is the theme for 2018’s commemoration. This year, the focus will be on how integrated care, community, purpose and leadership contribute to effective treatment of mental health and substance use disorders.
Are You Interested in Getting Involved?
The RecoveryMonth.gov website has a toolkit with plenty of resources. Learn how you can plan Recovery Month events, spread the word about Recovery Month (with banners, flyers, and other resources) throughout your community, and more.
Find and post Recovery Month events here.
For information – including history, public service announcements, and much more – go to the website.