What is Recovery Month?
Now in its 31st year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. National Recovery Month is a month-long observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services do work and can help people lead full, productive, healthy and rewarding lives.
Each September, Recovery Month works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices. Recovery month promotes the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community. Recovery month brings to mind the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.
Since 1989, the month of September has signified that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover. Millions of Americans have positively transformed their lives through recovery. Recovery month provides a vehicle in which to celebrate recovery as well as increase national awareness and understanding regarding substance use disorders.
Congratulations to the estimated 20 million Americans who are actively engaged in recovery and recovery programs. Special thanks to the directors and staff at The Retreat for giving us hope and for showing us all that recovery is possible.
Happy Recovery Month!