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SAMHSA News - Volume XI, Number 2, Spring 2003

14th Annual Recovery Month Set for September

SAMHSA's National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month will celebrate its 14th observance in September 2003. This year's activities will be centered around a common theme: "Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Health." The theme underscores the need to treat the whole person and spreads the message of hope in treatment and recovery. As in previous years, SAMHSA has produced an activity kit and other online resources to help communities in their Recovery Month activity planning process.

Each September communities plan events to highlight the benefits of substance use disorder treatment, laud the gains and contributions made by millions of recovered individuals, and celebrate the work of counselors, caseworkers, and other health professionals who contribute to making individuals and their families whole again through their work.

This year's kit highlights SAMHSA's Report to Congress on the Prevention and Treatment of Co-occurring Substance Abuse Disorders and Mental Disorders (See SAMHSA News, Volume X, Number 4). Materials focus attention on the problem of co-occurring disorders (simultaneous mental and addictive disorders in one person) and co-existing disorders (simultaneous substance abuse and medical or social conditions in one person). Both complicate treatment and recovery.

As the lead coordinator for the Recovery Month observance, SAMHSA's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment partners each year with other public sector entities, and national and local coalitions and organizations to develop Recovery Month materials. These partners will join SAMHSA for a national kick-off media event in Washington, DC, on September 4. In addition, SAMHSA-sponsored community forums/events on key treatment and recovery-related issues will be held in more than 30 cities during September.

SAMHSA hosts an award-winning Recovery Month interactive Web site. The site offers news, articles, and information about events throughout the country listed in a state-by-state interactive registry. SAMHSA also hosts live Web chats and Webcasts on the Recovery Month Web site. For more information, visit the Web site at

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