September has been designated National Recovery Month by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Now in its 27th year, the 30-day event was established to educate communities all over the country regarding addiction and substance abuse while celebrating the strength and courage of those in recovery. National Recovery Month gives participants the opportunity to prevent substance abuse in their community by educating themselves and each other through events and activities they can sponsor in partnership with SAMHSA. It also gives everyone the opportunity to have a frank, honest and substantive talk about the leading public health crisis in the country.
Spanning the Breadth of the Substance Abuse Issue
Substance abuse is a complex and multilayered issue with a variety of factors contributing to its development and continuation. National Recovery Month makes an active effort to focus on as many issues and concepts connected to recovery as possible. SAMHSA has provided a comprehensive tool kit to which participants can refer when organizing their own events. The kit provides a variety of resources, including but not limited to:
- Instructions to plan and promote Recovery Month activities and events
- Information about substance abuse and mental health issues in the particularly vulnerable military. LGBT and trauma-survivor communities
- Material highlighting the importance of families, communities, and individuals sharing stories of recovery to encourage others to make a personal connection with the recovery movement
- Information for families highlighting the importance of self-care for individuals supporting a loved one in recovery
- Links to information about commonly misused substances and mental health disorders
To learn more about how to get involved, visit recoverymonth.gov.
While events like National Recovery Month are a helpful and advantageous resource, it can be argued that every month should be National Recovery Month, less we lose sight of the scope and severity of the American substance abuse epidemic. For many communities throughout the country, this is a daily reality.