Each September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental health conditions and substance use disorders and to celebrate individuals living in recovery.
This year’s Recovery Month observance focuses on urban communities, healthcare providers, members of the media, and policymakers, highlighting the various entities that support recovery within our society. It Takes a Village The 2018 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contribute to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
This year’s Recovery Month also aims to increase awareness and encourage audiences to take advantage of the increased dialogue around behavioral health needs and the increased emphasis on tackling our nation’s opioid crisis. According to the US Department of Health & Human Services, 116 people died every day from opioid-related drug overdoses, and 2.1 million people had an opioid use disorder in 2016. An estimated 170,000 Americans used heroin for the first time that year.
We all have to work together to fight this epidemic.
Click Here to View Recovery Month 2018 Data put together by SAMSHA.