For over two decades, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has hosted National Recovery Month as a nationwide observance for individuals living with either a substance use or mental disorder.
Every year, during the month of September, Recovery Month celebrates those individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are living happy and healthy lives in long-term recovery, and also honors the treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible.
Thousands of treatment and recovery programs and services around the country recognize these successes—which often go unnoticed by the broader population. So, by providing a vehicle to celebrate these accomplishments, Recovery Month also serves to educate and inform the public.
This year's theme, "Join the Voices for Recovery: Recovery Benefits Everyone," emphasizes that all Americans have the opportunity to access provisions within the Affordable Care Act and Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act (MHPAEA), aimed to improve physical and emotional health while ensuring people will receive the care they need at a more reasonable cost.
In order to help more organizations participate in Recovery Month, a toolkit is available that includes printed materials to support event organizers in their planning and outreach to local leaders and community audiences. The online version of the 2011 toolkit is available here.
In addition, Recovery Month’s website is now available in Spanish. Starting with a simple click on a button that reads “En Espanol,” all the content available in Spanish will appear as such on the website, including navigation buttons.
For Smartphone and iPhone users, some of the Recovery Month website content can be accessed on their phones. The feature allows Smartphone users to view the Recovery Month PSAs and Program Trailers, as wells as other content such as resources, local events, and “Voices for Recovery.”
Of course, events and special offers are a key aspect of Recovery Month, providing an opportunity for your organization to promote the benefits and spread a lasting message of recovery throughout the community. A listing of events all over the United States can be found
SAMHSA also made a Recovery Month “widget”
available for download, which can be added to your website and enable visitors to search for events within your own site. How are you celebrating National Recovery Month?