What is National Recovery Month?
Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), sponsors National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) to increase awareness and understanding of mental and/or substance use disorders. This celebration promotes the message that behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people do recover.
Why National Recovery Month?
A substance use disorder can affect anyone. These conditions do not discriminate by age, race, ethnicity, gender, or income status and are as prevalent as many other health issues. It is estimated that behavioral health conditions – which include mental and/or substance use disorders – will surpass physical conditions as the major cause of disability in the United States by 2020. Again, recovery is affordable for people with a substance use disorder.