Each September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and celebrate the individuals living in recovery. Now in its 29th year, the 2018 Recovery Month observance focuses on urban communities, health care providers, members of the media, and policymakers, highlighting the various entities that support recovery within our society.
National Recovery Month is Working
National Recovery Month is a driving force that supports and validates that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, and treatment is effective. People can and do recover. Over the 29 years that National Recovery Month has been observed so many people have reclaimed their lives and are living happy and healthy lives in long-term recovery. It also honors the professionals that treat these individuals.
It is important that people understand that recovery is possible and often with just as little as a nudge people will seek treatment and it also brings attention to the fact that prevention, treatment, and recovery services drastically need improvements and expansion. Thousands of people have benefited from this national observance around the country. This is done through prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and services. The result is that millions have been transformed.
National Recovery Month Theme
The 2018 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders. The observance will work to highlight inspiring stories that help thousands of people from all walks of life find the path to hope, health, and wellness. In addition, the materials support SAMHSA’s message that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.
National Recovery Month Changes
Throughout the years, the faces of this national observance have changed. What was once recognized only as Treatment Works in 1989, honoring the treatment and recovery professionals in the field, changed in 1998 to National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, celebrating the accomplishment of individuals in recovery from substance use disorders. In 2011, it became National Recovery Month to include all aspects of behavioral health.2013 brought Recovery Month to observe the many ways that people can prevent behavioral health issues, seek treatment, and sustain recovery as part of a commitment to living a mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy life.