National 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 30th 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.