Recovery Month was created by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.
During this month, many prevention, treatment and recovery programs and service providers across the country find creative ways to share their successes and information with neighbors, families and friends with the goal of promoting recovery and recovery programs.
The year’s theme for the month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community. The theme explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders.
Ways You Can Celebrate National Recovery Month
We encourage you to celebrate Recovery Month in your community to help bring awareness of recovery and recovery programs to those around you. Here are a few ways you can celebrate:
- Hold an informational seminar or talk given by a treatment professional or an individual who has experienced recovery
- Host a walk, run or ride
- Share posts and raise funds through social media in the name of SMART Recovery
- Gather friends, family and community members together for a picnic or other low-key event to celebrate recovery in your local area
- Sell t-shirts or other promotional products that feature a motivational quote about recovery and/or success
Donations from your celebration can be used to support your local SMART Recovery group.
For more information and ideas on promoting Recovery Month, visit the SAMHSA website.
Submit Your Celebrations
We’d love to highlight your celebrations with our followers! Please send a photo and a brief story about your celebration to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will consider it for future social media, blogs or newsletter publications.
About SMART Recovery
SMART Recovery’s 4-Point Program® helps people recover from all types of addictive behaviors, including: alcohol addiction, drug abuse, substance abuse, drug addiction, alcohol abuse, gambling addiction, cocaine addiction, and addiction to other substances and activities.
SMART Recovery sponsors face-to-face meetings around the world, and daily online meetings. In addition, our online message board and 24/7 chat room provide forums to learn about SMART Recovery and obtain addiction recovery support.
Visit www.smartrecovery.org to learn more.