2009 Recovery Month

May 13, 2009 by  
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squareV1The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), has unveiled materials for the 20th Anniversary Celebration of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month) at a news briefing that highlighted plans for this September’s observance.

The 2009 Recovery Month theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Learn, Together We Heal.” The 2009 public service announcements (PSAs) have two supporting story lines aimed at directing people to SAMHSA/CSAT’s 24-hour information and treatment referral helpline, 1-800-662-HELP. The PSAs depict scenes of individuals whose daily struggles due to alcohol or drugs can regain their lives through addiction treatment. The PSAs were produced for Radio and TV in both Spanish and English.

Additional materials include a Recovery Month kit, posters, and other collateral materials.

The Recovery Month observance highlights the societal benefits of substance abuse treatment, lauds the contributions of treatment providers and promotes the message that recovery from substance abuse in all its forms is possible. The observance also encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective substance abuse treatment for those in need. Each year a new theme, or emphasis, is selected for the observance.

Recovery Month provides a platform to celebrate people in recovery and those who serve them. Each September, thousands of treatment programs around the country celebrate their successes and share them with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues in an effort to educate the public about treatment, how it works, for whom, and why. Substance abuse treatment providers have made significant accomplishments, having transformed the lives of untold thousands of Americans. These successes often go unnoticed by the broader population; therefore, Recovery Month provides a vehicle to celebrate these successes.

Recovery Month also serves to educate the public on substance abuse as a national health crisis, that addiction is a treatable disease, and that recovery is possible. Recovery Month highlights the benefits of treatment for not only the affected individual, but for their family, friends, workplace, and society as a whole. Educating the public reduces the stigma associated with addiction and treatment. Accurate knowledge of the disease helps people to understand the importance of supporting treatment programs, those who work within the treatment field, and those in need of treatment.

More Recovery Month information available here.

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