September Is Recovery Month!
September marks the 17th annual celebration of National
Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month).
Across the Nation, communities will be participating
in activities to acknowledge the efforts of individuals
in recovery from substance use disorders and the ongoing
support of their families and friends.
This year, Recovery Month's theme is "Join
the Voices for Recovery: Build a Stronger, Healthier
Community." Events and activities will help raise
awareness throughout the year about the effectiveness
of treatment and recovery. Activities will also focus
on how people are overcoming stigma, discrimination,
and other barriers to treatment and recovery support
To help reach local audiences, SAMHSA's Center for Substance
Abuse Treatment has created a comprehensive planning
toolkit—available on the Recovery Month
Web site—in conjunction with national planning
partners, including treatment providers and other community
This toolkit includes promotional event ideas, planning
instructions, and ways to speak effectively with the
To help encourage local media to cover Recovery
Month activities, sample materials include a media
advisory, a news release, and an "op-ed" opinion
piece. In addition to the toolkit and news about Recovery
Month events, the Web site provides media updates
and archived Web casts.
Online, toolkit materials are available for download
in PDF format. For a hard copy, call SAMHSA's Clearinghouse
at 1 (800) 662-HELP. And for more information, visit
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