September is Recovery Month
September is National Recovery Month. It is a time to promote awareness and educate Americans about substance use disorder and recovery. 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 have celebrated Recovery Month for 27 years. 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: Strengthen Families and Communities. The theme encourages people to share their stories of recovery. This is a special time for families in our community to express a message of recovery, hope, and health in Baltimore City.