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SAMHSA News - January/February 2008, Volume 16, Number 1

Now Online! 2008 Recovery Month Web Site

SAMHSA recently launched the official Web site for the 19th annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month observance in September.

This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Real People, Real Recovery,” focuses on just that—real people and real stories of recovery.

“Every year, we celebrate those who work to advance the treatment and recovery landscape,” said H. Westley Clark, M.D., J.D., M.P.H., Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. “This year that work is more important than ever.”

More than 1,000 communities around the Nation took part in 2007 Recovery Month activities.

Visit for more information.

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2008 Webcast Schedule

Beginning in March, monthly Webcasts are planned on a variety of topics including the following:

March: “Join the Voices for Recovery: Real People, Real Recovery”

The kickoff Webcast sets the stage for another successful celebration in September 2008 and will help organizers as they plan events to raise awareness about the benefits of addiction treatment and recovery.

April: “Medication-Assisted Therapies: Providing a ‘Whole-Patient’ Approach to Treatment”

This program will look at how methadone, buprenorphine, and other medication-assisted therapies continue to help individuals, families, and communities overcome alcohol and drug addiction.

May: “Addiction and PTSD: Combating Co-Occurring Disorders”

This Webcast will examine the connection of post-traumatic stress disorder to substance abuse disorders and will provide information on where to find treatment for these conditions.

June: “Recovery and the Family: Extending Treatment to Everyone”

While many options are available to persons in need of treatment, support also exists for children and spouses affected by a family member’s addiction. This program will emphasize the importance of getting loved ones into treatment and celebrate the benefits enjoyed by the family in recovery.

July: “Real People, Real Recovery: Effectively Delivering Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care”

From 12-step programs to inpatient and outpatient treatment, an entire network of treatment and support services is available for those dealing with substance abuse and mental health disorders. This program will explore ways to increase awareness and better deliver these services.

August: “Accessing Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Online”

This program will highlight the state of recovery in the 21st century and examine how technology has revamped the field of substance use disorder prevention and addiction treatment.

September: “Recovery in the United States: Past, Present, and Future”

This program will look back on some of the recovery movement’s successes as well as current policy initiatives to enhance treatment services. It also will look at what must happen to ensure that sustained, comprehensive treatment is available to everyone who needs it.

October: “The Road to Recovery 2008: A Showcase of Events”

In this program, Recovery Month events conducted in communities across the Nation will be highlighted, along with the positive message that addiction is treatable and recovery is possible.

To view the list online, visit


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