This September marks the 31st National Recovery Month in the United States. This observance period is held every year to educate Americans on how substance use disorder treatment and mental health services can help people struggling with addiction or mental illness live healthy and rewarding lives. Recovery Month also aims to reduce the stigma surrounding treatment and promote the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health.
During the month of September, Decision Point Center is happy to celebrate people in recovery, spread the message that recovery is possible, and continue providing addiction treatment to those in need.
The 2020 Recovery Month Theme
For its 31st year, the Recovery Month theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connection.” 2020’s theme is especially important because the organization, Faces & Voices of Recovery, is spearheading the movement, taking the proverbial torch from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), which hosted years past. Although SAMHSA is still celebrating National Recovery Month and hosting webinars, Faces & Voices of Recovery has chosen the theme and provided campaign materials to the public.
The “Celebrating Connections” theme acknowledges the adversity of 2020 and champions the diversity of those recovering from substance use disorder and mental illness. With the right support, people from all walks of life can find courage and opportunity. Recovery Month is an occasion to celebrate progress in research and recovery – just like those who are managing health conditions like asthma, heart disease, and diabetes celebrate their gains. Because addiction is a disease that thrives off isolation, connection can be synonymous with recovery.
How to Observe National Recovery Month
Visit nationalrecoverymonth.org to find local recovery events and engage with the National Recovery Month hashtag on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You may wish to attend a SAMHSA webinar, watch a documentary about mental health and addiction, or even share your story on social media.
If you are struggling with substance use disorder, the best way to observe National Recovery Month is to ask for help. Seeking treatment is nothing to be ashamed of, and you have countless treatment options and programs available at Decision Point Center and other rehab facilities.
Our team has been changing lives since 2004, and we want to help you change yours, too.