By SAMHSA, March 16 2010
Every September, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) celebrates National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month).
Recovery Month serves to educate the public on how substance abuse contributes to the national health crisis, that addiction is a treatable disease, and that recovery is possible. Although Recovery Month is officially observed in September, we continue to raise awareness about the hope of treatment and recovery throughout the year.
2010 marks our 21st year of inspiring people to raise awareness of addiction, share their stories of recovery, and assist others who are still struggling. This year, our theme is “Join the Voices of Recovery: Now More Than Ever!,” which places urgency on the need to address the current societal stressors that can contribute to the onset of addiction and potential relapse from recovery. The theme also emphasizes the effects of stress on specific groups that face challenging life situations, such as youth, military service men and women, public safety officials, older adults, and their families.
There are many ways you can help raise awareness about the benefits of addiction treatment and participate in Recovery Month 2010. One of the easiest and most popular ways is to host and/or attend community events. You can post community events on our Web site, or search our list for events near you. Our community events widget can also be added to your blog or Web site to promote an event or to help your visitors find events near them. Many of the community events occur in September, but we encourage you to host and post events throughout the year.
To learn more about Recovery Month or find resources about recovery, please visit our Web site. You can also follow our Twitter account or become a fan of our Facebook page to find additional Recovery Month updates.
Updated: February 08 2018