What is Recovery Month?
National Recovery Month (Recovery Month), sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 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. This observance celebrates the millions of Americans who are in recovery from mental and substance use disorders, reminding us that treatment is effective and that people can and do recover. It also serves to help reduce the stigma and misconceptions that cloud public understanding of mental and substance use disorders, potentially discouraging others from seeking help (SAMHSA).
The 2019 Recovery Month observance will focus on community members, first responders, the healthcare community, and youth and emerging leaders highlighting the various entities that support recovery within our society (SAMHSA).
The 2019 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger,” emphasizes the need to share resources and build networks across the country to support recovery. It reminds us that mental and substance use disorders affect us all, and that we are all part of the solution (SAMHSA).
- What can I do to contribute?
Reality Check will be hosting a hike for recovery. This will take place on September 21, 2019 at 169 Poole Rd, Jaffrey, NH. Check in is at 9:30 am, Contact Brian Cullinane at 593-8691, or email Nicole at Nicole@RealityCheckNow.org AND/ OR: Visit recoverymonth.gov, as SAMHSA provides a “Recovery Month Toolkit” to help individuals and organizations plan events to raise awareness about mental and substance use disorders, treatment and recovery.
Remember - Together we are stronger.
If you or someone you know needs help accessing treatment, Reality Check offers referrals to detox services, telephone and in-person assessments, medication-assisted treatment and recovery counseling, help signing up for insurance, and building family and recovery networks.