National Recovery Month (Recovery Month), sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. This observance celebrates the millions of Americans who are in recovery from mental and substance use disorders, reminding us that treatment is effective and that people can and do recover. It also serves to help reduce the stigma and misconceptions that cloud public understanding of mental and substance use disorders, potentially discouraging others from seeking help.
The theme for 2019 is Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger. The 2019 theme emphasizes the need to share resources and build networks across the country to support the many paths to recovery.
Recovery Month is Celebrated all Around the Country
All around the country, thousands of treatment centers and facilities celebrate Recovery Month. They share other recovery success stories with everyone. Spreading the word and awareness so others can understand about mental illness and substance use disorders.
Besides Recovery Month sharing recovery success stories, it also promotes the message that all recovery can be achieved and encourages everyone to share the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.
Each year, Recovery Month focuses on a theme and message spread throughout the community. Community members, first responders, the healthcare community, and other leaders within our society will do the spreading of the recovery message.
SAMHSA even has a Recovery Month toolkit to help those who want to spread the recovery message with event planning and activities to increase awareness about mental and substance use disorders, treatment, and recovery. The kit provides media outreach templates, tips for event planning and community outreach, audience-specific information and data on behavioral health conditions, and resources for prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. 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.
At Garden State Treatment Center, we understand mental health and substance use disorders are a delicate matter. People who struggle with addiction along with a mental health disorder are diagnosed as having co-occurring disorders. Our New Jersey, dual diagnosis treatment program is experienced in helping those with underlying mental health conditions besides just substance abuse. Start healing today.