2018 National Recovery Month
September is Recovery Month
National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. Recovery Month reminds us that recovery from addiction is possible and that prevention and treatment work. Substance use disorder and mental health should be recognized with the same importance as other diseases.
Addiction is a Disease
Despite the proven scientific fact that addiction is a disease, stigma continues to prevent people from getting the treatment that can help them recover and lead healthier lives. Recovery month is a time to reduce stigma, celebrate recovery, educate the community, and send a message of hope for those still suffering from active addiction.
A Time of Action
As a nation, we are celebrating the 29th year of Recovery Month. As we continue to experience an epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose death, we recognize that there is still work to be done. Recovery Month reminds us that we are in a position to take action, advocate for effective prevention policies, and expand treatment so everyone can access the care they need.
Joining the Voices of Recovery
This year’s theme for Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community. The theme promotes how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders. This is a special time for the community to express a message of hope, health, and wellness in Baltimore City.