September is National Recovery Month

This September marks the 23rd National Recovery Month sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)  within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This nationally observed month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for substance use and mental disorders. Additionally, this month celebrates people in recovery, commends the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the strong message that recovery is possible in all forms. 

The goal of the SAMHSA during this month is to educate Americans about addiction treatment and mental health services, and how those with a mental or substance use disorder can utilize these resources to live a healthier and more rewarding life. There are millions of Americans who have changed and bettered their lives through recovery, and this month provides them with an opportunity to share their story to help others, as well as celebrate their journey and sobriety.

Over 100 organizations and associations affiliated with prevention, treatment, and recovery of mental and substance use disorders comprise the Planning Partners’ group to assist in the development and collaboration of promotions and event sponsorships. These events are aimed to build community amongst people that are looking to start recovery, those currently in recovery, and those that have recovered.

SAMHSA provides a plethora of resources for those who have yet to begin, are going through, or are nearing the end of their recovery journey. Be sure to check them out if you know of anyone that may need assistance. And, don’t forget to celebrate National Recovery Month and the millions of Americans who are all at different stages of their recovery journey.

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