September is National Recovery Month

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Mental and substance use disorders affect millions of Americans and directly touch the lives of individuals, family members, neighbors, and colleagues. Families often deal with the complex dynamics of supporting loved ones living in recovery while, at the same time, learning how to take care of their own well-being. Given the widespread impact and societal cost of behavioral health conditions, it’s important for communities to make prevention, treatment, and recovery support services available and accessible to all those who need them.

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 of behavioral health conditions and support those in recovery. This celebration promotes the message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can, and do, recover from mental and substance use disorders.

The 2017 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities,” inspires communities to be socially inclusive, offering support to those with mental and/or substance use disorders. It also encourages members of the community to seek help when needed, lend a hand, and contribute to their community as citizens, parents, employees, students, volunteers, and leaders.

Recovery Month celebrates and supports these efforts through outreach, cross-promotion, and materials that can be found on the campaign’s website ( The Recovery Month site provides printable materials, as well as web, television, audio, and social media resources to help communities as they encourage individuals to seek treatment and recovery services.

To help those on the path to recovery, you can:

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