National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) National Recovery Month (Recovery Month)
is a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a substance use or mental disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The observance’s main focus is to laud the gains made by those in recovery from these conditions, just as we would those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma and heart disease. Recovery Month
spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover. Recovery Month
, now in its 22nd year, highlights individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are living happy and healthy lives in long-term recovery and also honors the treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month
promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible and also encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective recovery services for those in need.
Celebrated during the month of September, Recovery Month
began in 1989 asTreatmentWorks! Month, which honored the work of the treatment and recovery professionals in the field. The observance evolved to National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month)
in 1998, when the observance expanded to include celebrating the accomplishment of individuals in recovery from substance use disorders. The observance is evolving once again in 2011, to include all aspects of behavioral health and will now be known as National Recovery Month (Recovery Month).
Each September, thousands of treatment and recovery programs and services around the country celebrate their successes and share them with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues in an effort to educate the public about recovery, how it works, for whom, and why. There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. These successes often go unnoticed by the broader population; therefore, Recovery Month
provides a vehicle to celebrate these accomplishments.
The 2011 Recovery Month
observance aims to educate the public on the positive changes that national health care reform will have on access to needed recovery services for substance use and mental disorders. Recovery Month
, officially celebrated each September, has become a year-round initiative that supports educational outreach and celebratory events throughout the year.
Currently 140 Federal, State and local government entities, as well as non-profit organizations and associations affiliated with prevention, substance use and mental disorders, comprise the Recovery Month
Planning Partners’ group. The Planning Partners assist in the development, dissemination and collaboration of materials, promotion and event sponsorship for the Recovery Month
Materials produced for the Recovery Month
observance include print, web, television, radio and social media tools. These resources help local communities reach out and encourage individuals in need of services, and their friends and families, to seek treatment and recovery services and information. Materials provide multiple resources including SAMHSA’s National Helpline - 1-800-662 HELP (4357) for information and treatment referral and SAMHSA's Treatment information at http://www.samhsa.gov/.