Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) hosts National Recovery Month – an observance period that helps educate Americans about the benefits of substance use treatment and mental health services. This year, Recovery Month looks a little different, as SAMHSA is turning the reins over to the recovery community. In 2020, the organization, Faces & Voices of Recovery, is hosting Recovery Month with the theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connection.”
Faces & Voices of Recovery has created a special website for Recovery Month where you can find webinars, virtual events, and limited in-person events nationwide. The website also has the following blurb about the observance period:
“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.”
In addition to celebrating people in recovery and lauding the contributions of treatment and service providers, Recovery Month spreads the message that recovery in all forms is possible. With the right support, people from all walks of life can recover from substance use disorder and mental illness. If we celebrate this support instead of stigmatizing it, we encourage those battling addiction or living with mental health conditions to seek treatment. We also promote the important message that mental health is essential to overall health.
2020 has been especially difficult for the recovery community. Now, more than ever, we need to recognize the strength and resilience of those living with substance use disorders and mental illnesses. The “Celebrating Connections” theme acknowledges the adversities this year has presented, as well as the strength, support, and hope we draw from those we love.
People can and do recover from mental and substance use disorders and go on to live healthy and rewarding lives, but they do not do it alone. From friends and family members to treatment providers, we take the month of September to celebrate all the individuals and institutions that make recovery possible.
Turning Point is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and one drug and alcohol addiction treatment center that makes recovery possible. We help more than 3,500 people every year, and we are ready to help you or your loved one, as well.
If you are struggling with substance use disorder, you can observe National Recovery Month by asking for the help you need. Change is possible, and it’s waiting for you at Turning Point. While taking the first step toward recovery is difficult, our admissions process is easy.
This is your Turning Point, and we look forward to helping you soon.