Recovery Month Celebrated
National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery
Month, sponsored by SAMHSA’s Center
for Substance Abuse Treatment, celebrated its 17th
year with poetry slams, banquets, walks, and many
other community events.
Thousands of people across the Nation participated to
honor the successes of people and families in recovery
and those who serve them.
| At the National Press Club launch
of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month,
Dr. H. Westley Clark (at podium), Director of SAMHSA’s
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, talks about new
findings from the Agency’s 2005 National Survey
on Drug Use and Health. Seated (l to r) are John P. Walters,
Director of National Drug Control Policy, and Dr. Eric
Broderick, SAMHSA’s Acting Deputy Administrator.
Photo by A. Martín Castillo.
The annual event, celebrated each year in September,
serves to educate the public that substance abuse
is a national health crisis. Recovery Month
encourages Government, businesses, and individuals
to work toward increasing access to alcohol and
drug treatment programs.
The message is treatment is effective and recovery
Month highlights the benefits of treatment not only
for affected individuals, but also for their friends
In 2006, SAMHSA sponsored 39 community events
including the Second Annual California Recovery
Month “Ride, Rally, and Celebration.”
This event, hosted in collaboration with United
for Recovery, included motorcycle vendors and their
recovery-related exhibit spaces, entertainment,
In Hartford, CT, SAMHSA sponsored the 7th Annual
Walk for Recovery from Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction.
Participants enjoyed music by performers in recovery,
short speeches, testimonials, and activities for
To mark Recovery Month, many people submitted
personal stories to the Recovery Month Web site.
To date, more than 50 personal recovery stories
have been posted there.
For more information, visit www.recoverymonth.gov.
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