||SAMHSA recently released television and radio
public service announcements (PSAs) to be used as part of the
16th annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
observance in September. Recovery Month spotlights
the need for alcohol and drug abuse treatment and recovery,
and honors both those in recovery and treatment providers.
In 2004, over 400 events were held in local communities.
The TV and radio PSAs, produced in both English and Spanish,
aim to dispel negative characterizations about individuals
who have achieved sobriety and are now in recovery, as well
as emphasize the reconnection to society that is associated
with recovery from substance abuse disorders.
The materials for this year's Recovery Month, "Join
the Voices for Recovery:
Healing Lives, Families, and Communities," include SAMHSA's
Recovery Month planning kit, the new PSAs, and other
Web-based and print materials. These materials were developed
by more than 75 organizations and coalitions within and outside
the alcohol and drug addiction treatment field.
The Recovery Month toolkit (see SAMHSA News,
2005) has been distributed to 75,000 individuals and organizations
across the Nation.
For more information about this year's Recovery Month
events, visit www.recoverymonth.gov.