National Recovery Month, sponsored and recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), was created with the mission to educate Americans that substance abuse treatment and mental health services can empower those with mental and substance use disorders to live a healthy and rewarding life.
Over the past 30 years, the recognition of recovery has been more than remembering the lives we have lost to these illnesses. It’s also about celebrating the gains that recovery brings.
By promoting new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, we are able to educate society on the science behind treatment and recovery. By sharing recovery stories and event involvement, we are given hope and inspiration for a better life, especially with those still seeking help.
We recognize that these illnesses are like many others. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes – we are all in recovery for something. This September, we encourage communities to educate and get involved. Through these efforts, we contribute to breaking the stigma of addiction and mental health illnesses.
- The 2017 Texas Mental Health National Outcome Measures (NOMS) reported that 53.4% of adults who received treatment felt positive about the outcome.
- In this same report, 61.4% of adults reported improved social connections after treatment.
- According to the 2013 SAMHSA Behavioral Health Barometer for Texas, 34,704 individuals sought treatment for substance abuse.
How You Can Contribute
Events to Attend
August 30: Yoga for Recovery, Austin TX
September 7: 5th Annual Houston Peer Recovery Festival, Houston TX
September 14: Rock to Recovery, Austin TX
September 21: Big Texas Rally for Recovery, Arlington TX
Recognizing other Related Dates
September 10th: World Suicide Prevention Day
September 20th: National Addiction Professionals Day
September 16th-22nd: National Rehabilitation Awareness Week