What is National Recovery Month?
National Recovery Month occurs every September as declared by presidential proclamation. National Recovery Month aims to educate Americans on the merits of substance use disorder treatment for those suffering from alcoholism or addiction.
National Recovery Month also celebrates the progress of those in recovery from addiction or alcoholism much like how we celebrate the progress of those with other ailments such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease. This helps solidify that behavioral health services are essential to the overall health of the individual.
Every September, large numbers of prevention, treatment, and recovery organizations, and facilities throughout the country celebrate Recovery Month. They discuss strides made by those in recovery and highlight their success triumphs with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues. In doing this, they continue to increase awareness and create a greater understanding of mental and substance use disorders.
How to Participate in Recovery Month
Everyone can participate in recovery month. If you are in recovery, someone you know is in recovery, you wish to support the cause, or you wish to learn more about recovery from addiction and or alcoholism there are many ways to participate.
- Attend an event. If you cannot find a suitable event feel free to start your own!
- Wear recovery positive attire such as themed t-shirts or hats
- Show support on social media with recovery-positive hashtags
- Talk to your friends and family about recovery
- Write to your local or state government requesting they issue a declaration of support for National Recovery Month if they have not already.
If you or someone you know is suffering from drug addiction or alcoholism, we are here to help. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. We offer various levels of care including partial care, intensive outpatient, and outpatient here in Monmouth County, NJ, and have a wealth of other resources if you are in need of services we do not offer. We can be reached at 855-698-3554.