September is National Recovery Month

SAMHSA National Recovery MonthSeptember is right around the corner and that means it’s time for National Recovery Month. Sponsored by a partnership between the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the purpose of National Recovery Month is to draw attention to addiction and mental health services and how they can help those struggling with a mental illness or substance abuse disorder to lead healthy, happy, and productive lives.

Beginning in 1989, National Recovery Month is in its 24th year of encouraging those individuals in prevention, treatment, and recovery programs, as well as those who provide treatment, to focus on positive outcomes for all involved. The theme this year is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together on the Pathways to Wellness,” showing that individuals on the journey to wellness aren’t alone in their journey. Friends and family support the recovery process as well.

One of the key factors to the success of National Recovery Month is the many community and media events held in cities in the United States and Canada. You can find events to attend in your area and support National Recovery Month by visiting the National Recovery Month website.