(Posted July 2016)
National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September. It is now in its 27th year. In 1989 Recovery Month began in honor of treatment professionals. As it has evolved, it now celebrates the achievements made by those in recovery, as well as recognizing the contributions of treatment and service providers. Recovery Month helps spread the message behavioral health is essential to a healthy lifestyle, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people do recover.
Every September, programs and communities across the country celebrate National Recovery Month. The celebrations are as varied as the “journey” each person takes in their recovery process. Often success stories are shared with neighbors, friends, and families at events planned to encourage the positive message of recovery. By doing so, each story shared helps to increase awareness and a better understanding of the disease of substance use disorder and mental health disorder.
Check out the resources available at http://www.recoverymonth.gov/events. The materials will assist you and your communities in planning an event to “Join the Voices for Recovery: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery!