25th Recovery Month Offers Resources, Statistics
National Recovery Month turned 25 in September and in observance, SAMHSA hosted a press conference to highlight findings from the new 2014 National Study on Drug Use and Health. A short report was shared at the press conference, with the complete findings on substance use released later in the month. SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde, J.D., presented 2013 data from the 2014 National Survey of Drug Use and Health issued by SAMHSA each year, and said, “People do recover from addiction and from mental illness. And people with these disorders go on to lead full and productive lives.” She also noted how important a supportive network can be during recovery, saying, “It’s time to recognize the families, the loved ones, the friends who support them, and the behavioral health providers who help them regain their health.”
White House Acting Director of Drug Control Policy Michael Botticelli, who is in long-term recovery from a substance use disorder and celebrating more than 25 years of sobriety, said, "Today, we reaffirm our unequivocal support to the recovery community."
Valuable resources – including the updated Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit and Taking Action: A Mental Health Recovery Self-Help Educational Program – were highlighted at the press conference for their effectiveness.
Throughout the Nation
The theme for the 2014 observance was “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak up, Reach Out!” Recovery Month included celebrations and activities in communities throughout the U.S., where organizers promoted prevention, treatment, and recovery by recognizing the gains made by those who have overcome mental and substance use disorders. More than 980 events took place, all aiming to raise awareness and support for those in recovery and their issues. The events included runs and walks, art exhibits, film festivals, community forums, discussions with policymakers, and many others. The Recovery Month website also includes a Voices for Recovery Stories page where people in recovery share their personal thoughts and feelings about their own path to wellness. In addition, the website hosts the Road to Recovery Television and Radio Series, which provide information and resources and an Ask the Expert page that enables people to ask questions anonymously and receive a response by one of the show’s expert panelists.
Related SAMHSA Blogs
- Join the Recovery Month Movement
- National Recovery Month: An Opportunity to Integrate Behavioral Health and Hepatitis C Prevention
- Recovery Month: 25 Years Strong