Recovery in Focus: Celebrating National Recovery Month in September

Written by Miranda Forbes Sep 20, 2023 Uncategorized

National Recovery Month is an annual observance in the United States that takes place every September. Its primary purpose is to raise awareness about substance use disorders (SUDs), mental health challenges, and the process of recovery. National Recovery Month aims to reduce the stigma surrounding addiction and mental health issues, promote evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, and celebrate the achievements of individuals who are in recovery.

This observance provides an opportunity for individuals, communities, organizations, and government agencies to come together to highlight the importance of prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. It also emphasizes the role of family and community support in the recovery process.

Throughout National Recovery Month, various events, activities, and educational campaigns are organized to foster understanding, inspire hope, and provide resources for those affected by substance use disorders and mental health challenges. It serves as a platform for individuals to share their personal recovery stories, which can be powerful tools for reducing stigma and encouraging others to seek help and support.

National Recovery Month was first established in 1989 by the Treatment Improvement Exchange (TIE) in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). It has since grown into a nationwide movement, with various organizations, healthcare providers, and advocacy groups participating in activities to support and promote recovery.

The observance encourages individuals to seek help if they are struggling with substance use or mental health issues, and it underscores the message that recovery is possible with the right treatment, support, and resources.

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