Each September, thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and services around the country celebrate their successes and share them with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues in an effort to educate the public about recovery, how it works, for whom, and why. There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. These successes often go unnoticed by the broader population; therefore, National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) provides a vehicle to celebrate these accomplishments.
Recovery Month is a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The observance’s main focus is to laud the gains made by those in recovery from these conditions, just as we would those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.
Recovery Month, now in its 24th year, highlights individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are living happy and healthy lives in long-term recovery and also honors the prevention, treatment, and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together on Pathways to Wellness,” focuses on the many unique ways that people can prevent behavioral health issues, seek treatment, and sustain recovery. It also puts emphasis on the importance of mental, physical and emotional well-being along with the value of family, friends and community members throughout recovery. Visit recoverymonth.gov for more information, stories, updates, and ways to get involved.