September is National Recovery Month, organized by the Substance and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to increase awareness and celebrate success of those in recovery.
During 2015, the theme is “Join the Voices of Recovery: Visible, vocal, valuable.” This highlights the value of peer support in educating, mentoring, and helping others. The theme also invites individuals in recovery and their support systems to be catalysts and active change agents in communities, and in civic and advocacy engagements. It encourages individuals to start conversations about the prevention, treatment, and recovery of behavioral health conditions at earlier stages of life.
To support the theme, Renew will be updating our Voices of Recovery section frequently during the month.
This is the 26th year that National Recovery Month is celebrated. There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Since these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population, Recovery Month provides a vehicle for everyone to celebrate these accomplishments. Each September, tens of thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and facilities around the country celebrate National Recovery Month. They speak about the gains made by those in recovery and share their success stories with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues. In doing so, everyone helps to increase awareness and furthers a greater understanding about the diseases of mental and substance use disorders.