National Recovery Month: 30 Years Strong

National Recovery Month is underway across the United States. The vital observance has several purposes, which we will cover in later sections of this post. First, let’s acknowledge the millions of men and women who are working programs of long-term addiction recovery. All of you are living proof that sobriety is an achievable goal, and that there’s hope for the millions more still caught in the cycle of addiction.

Increasing awareness about recovery is a must considering the unprecedented addiction epidemic plaguing Americans from every demographic. We can show those suffering in despair that a healthy life is possible through relaying some of the countless success stories of sobriety.

During National Recovery Month, all of us can spread the message that help is available, treatment works, and recovery is possible. Those working programs are welcome to share the gains they have made in recovery on social media. Their words can serve as catalysts, affecting change in the lives of others.

Now in its 30th year, Recovery Month continues to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices. Cognitive and behavioral therapies have come far since 1989; science has made enormous ground in establishing what does and does not work in treatment settings.

Addiction experts continue to emphasize the importance of togetherness, community, and the critical role support groups play in recovery outcomes. Working towards a common goal, men and women achieve remarkable feats and lead rewarding lives.

A Brief History of National Recovery Month

In the field of addiction medicine, it is crucial to view recovery like an umbrella term that covers both mental and behavioral health conditions. While the national observance has its roots in honoring substance use treatment professionals, it has evolved over the years.

In 1989, Treatment Works! Month was established to raise awareness about the addiction treatment field, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The yearly event then morphed into National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in 1998. No longer only celebrating the achievements of addiction professionals, the new iteration shined a light on active members of recovery.

In 2011, people recovering from any mental illness were brought into the fold, and with it a new name—National Recovery Month. For the last eight years, SAMHSA has sponsored nationwide events to acknowledge and promote the gains made by people in addiction and mental health recovery. At the same time, the organization is dedicated to ending the stigma that prevents so many people from seeking help.

Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger

SAMHSA creates a toolkit each year to help guide professionals and the general public’s involvement with Recovery Month. This year’s theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger. We encourage you to download the materials and help raise awareness about the power of recovery. SAMHSA writes:

“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. The observance will highlight inspiring stories to help thousands of people from all walks of life find the path to hope, health, and personal growth.

The organization is hopeful that many people in recovery will summon the courage to share their experience, strength, and hope with the world. They provide some guidelines for text and video submissions; if you are interested, then please click here to be a voice for recovery.

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