September 2019 is the 30th anniversary of National Recovery Month sponsored, by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The theme this year is “Join Forces for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger.”
This observance celebrates the millions of Americans who are in recovery from mental and substance use disorders. Those who are in recovery show that treatment is effective and that people can, and do, recover. This information helps reduce the stigma and misconceptions that influence public knowledge and understanding of mental and substance use disorders.
The 2019 theme celebrates community members such as healthcare providers, first responders and community leaders who support recovery. This month also highlights the need for collaboration to support those in recovery. Recovery month reminds the public that mental and substance use disorder can affect everyone.
For more information, go to recoverymonth.gov or SAMSHSA’s National helpline 1-800-HELP (4357). Continue to follow NEW Health for more health and wellness news and tips.