Now in its 26th year, National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans about the people affected by mental and/or substance use disorders and to remind them that these people can live healthy and rewarding lives when they receive appropriate care.
Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who are managing other chronic health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma and heart disease. The observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.
We have seen thousands of lives transformed through recovery here at New Bridge Foundation. Each September, tens of thousands of prevention, treatment, and drug and alcohol recovery programs and facilities around the country celebrate National Recovery Month. They speak about the gains made by those in recovery and share their success stories with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues. In doing so, everyone helps to increase awareness and furthers a greater understanding about the diseases of mental and substance use disorders.
If you’re a success story, this is an especially good time to share your experience, strength and hope so others can be inspired to turn their lives around as well.