Recovery Month is observed each September to educate Americans about substance use treatment and mental health services that work to help those in need recover and live healthy, rewarding lives.
This year’s theme, “Join the Voices in Recovery: Together We Are Stronger” 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.
Mental health and substance use disorders affect all communities nationwide. Local communities can play a significant role in supporting those in recovery as they gain the independence, income and resources necessary to participate in fulfilling their lives.
Support from families can greatly enhance recovery, so it’s important that family members have the tools to start conversations about prevention, treatment and recovery.
Recovery has transformed the lives of millions of Americans. Recovery Month provides a platform to celebrate their successes. Find a Recovery Month event near you.
Recovery is a positive force, but it is often a long and difficult journey. Companion Benefit Alternatives (CBA) spreads a message of promise and a reminder that a better life can be possible.
If you are seeking help for yourself or a loved one, call 800-662-4357, or use the treatment locator tool at www.SAMHSA.gov.
Complexities of Addiction
It can be difficult to understand the struggle of addiction. Often, it is mistakenly assumed that alcohol or drug abusers lack moral principles. Or, if they had willpower, they could stop using simply by changing their behavior.
Recovering takes more than strong will. If you’re worried about yourself or a loved one’s substance use, it’s important to know that help is available. Try to learn all you can about alcohol and drug dependence: how it develops, what it looks like and why it can have such a powerful hold.
Recovery is an Ongoing Process
Addiction recovery is an ongoing process that requires long-term support. Many options are available to help people sustain recovery for mental and substance use disorders.
Support groups can be very helpful for people in recovery, and for their loved ones. Connecting with others who know first-hand what you’re going through can help you stay motivated and positive.