September is National Recovery Month

For the last 31 years, September has been deemed National Recovery Month. As in every life-changing event, a celebration is important to recognize the achievements of all kinds. Recovery is no different. National Recovery Month is a special time where individuals across the country take time to celebrate the incredible accomplishments that they have made in recovery.

Celebrating the management of health conditions is something that we have done for many, many years in the United States. Overcoming or managing health conditions like heart disease and cancer are openly celebrated and it is important to recognize that achievements in fighting the disease of addiction are well worth celebrating.

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One of the most important aspects of staying sober and avoiding relapse lies in support from those closest to a recovering addict. From support groups to friends and family, knowing that you have a big network of people who understand your daily fight against addiction is one of the most powerful tools in recovery.

Education and awareness play a major role in making sure that the general public understands addiction as a disease. As such, National Recovery Month dedicates all of September to make Americans aware of the importance of recovery, the benefits of living a substance-free lifestyle, and the tools and services available to help achieve sobriety.

This year, National Recovery Month is sponsored by Faces & Voices of Recovery. In past years, National Recovery Month was sponsored by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).

Participating in National Recovery Month

There are so many stigmas surrounding addiction and substance abuse, so having open and honest conversations is crucial. During National Recovery Month information is readily shared regarding evidence-based treatment options to encourage those who have yet to seek recovery treatment to do so.

There are a number of events that take place throughout the month to celebrate and recognize addiction recovery and all that it entails. From awareness walks to seminars and from documentary viewings to PSAs, thousands upon thousands of treatment facilities and recovery programs participate in spreading awareness.

Take a look at the calendar below for details of the events going on this month:

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In addition, you may want to check out the webinar The Importance of Integrating Recovery Support Services: The Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Model on September 24th.

Attending events is just one piece of the puzzle during National Recovery Month. Social media is a great way to let others know that you are joining in on the celebration. Use the following hashtags when you are posting about National Recovery Month:


Overcoming addiction is a monumental achievement worthy of celebration. While we encourage those in recovery to celebrate their achievements every single day, National Recovery Month makes September an even more important time to relish in all that you have accomplished.

Most importantly, remember that you are not alone. There are countless individuals across the country fighting the same fight that you are and we could not be any prouder of that.

On behalf of all of us, Happy National Recovery Month!

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