Recovery Month: Communities Gear
Up for September Events
Recovery Month is almost here, and
communities around the Nation are already
gearing up for September’s events.
SAMHSA’s Web site—www.recoverymonth.gov—has
a great online kit with suggestions for getting involved
and supporting this year’s theme “Join
the Voices for Recovery: Real People, Real Recovery.”
With a little planning, your local event can bring
together many families, individuals in recovery, and
the community at large, to support recovery. You can
post a local event on the Recovery
Month Web site or
check for scheduled events in your area.
High-visibility approaches include the following:
Arrange for a public service announcement (PSA) to
air on your local television or radio station.
Have your mayor, city council member, or county commissioner
issue a Recovery Month proclamation.
New PSAs for Television, Radio
Six PSAs are available for viewing and downloading
on the Recovery Month Web site.
“Lock and Key.” The scene opens with a
man in chains. A voice-over explains that “for
every lock, there’s a key. And if you have a
problem, it’s good to know there are real solutions
to help get you free.”
“Butterfly.” Family members are affected
by loved ones who are struggling with addiction. The
PSA urges, “Help them find their voice again.”
The PSAs are available in the following languages
To preview all PSAs, visit www.recoverymonth.gov.
I hereby proclaim the month of September as National
Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month . . .
Officially announce that the month of September is
Recovery Month for your town. A proclamation issued
by a mayor, governor, or legislative body shows that
recovery is a priority for your community. Examples
are available on the Web site.
For more updates and information, the latest toolkit,
and additional resources, visit www.recoverymonth.gov.
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