September is National Recovery Month

Published: September 1, 2021

National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with mental and substance use disorders to live healthy and rewarding lives. Now in its 32nd year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those living in recovery.

The observance promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders; celebrates people in recovery; lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers; and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

In 2020, the federal government turned the reigns over to the recovery community for the sponsorship and management of the Recovery Month observance. Faces & Voices of Recovery, a long-standing Recovery Month Planning Partner and active member of this community, is now hosting the Recovery Month website, managing the social media outreach, developing and dissemination of the promotional materials as well as the central location for all Recovery Month events.

SAMHSA will remain an active Recovery Month Planning Partner and supporter of this important observance.

If you live in South Alabama, contact MAO Behavioral Health at (800) 510-4704 for information and referrals about substance misuse assessments and screening, drug testing, counseling, and ways you can support people in recovery living in your area.