National Recovery Month for Mental and Addiction Awareness

What to know how to lower inhibitions? Just use alcohol or drugs to the point where it leads to risky behavior. This is the reason why awareness needs to be raised surrounding this subject. The SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration), within the United States HHS (Department of Health & Human Services), is sponsoring its 23rd National Recovery Month.

The long-standing, national observance is set to promote the societal advantages of treatment, prevention, and recovery for mental disorders and substance use disorders, celebrate those in recovery, recognize the contributions of service and treatment providers, as well as promote the message that addiction recovery is possible.

The aim includes educating the American public that mental health services and addiction treatment may enable the ones who have substance use and/or mental disorders to live a rewarding and healthy life.  Recovery Month has the goal of spreading positive messages that behavioral health is critical to overall health. That treatment is effective, prevention does work, and people can and will recover.

Every September, thousands of recovery, treatment, and prevention, services, and programs around the United States celebrate their successes, as well as share them with their colleagues, friends, and neighbors, trying to educate the general public on the topic of recovery, for whom it works for, how it works, and why.  There are actually millions of American people whose lives have been changed through recovery.  Those successes frequently go unrecognized by the broader population; so, Recovery Month offers a vehicle that celebrates those achievements.

At present, 140 local government, State, and Federal entities, in addition to non-profit organizations, as well as associations that are affiliated with treatment, recovery, and prevention of substance use and mental disorders make up the group Recovery Month Planning Partners.  These Planning Partners help in the collaboration of, dissemination of, and development of materials, event sponsorship, and promotion of the initiative for Recovery Month.

In order to promote methods of using the several behavioral health resources that are available within Recovery Month, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has developed a toolkit that assists people in recognizing signs of substance use and/or mental disorders and helps organizers in promoting and planning events for Recovery Month.

For 2022, Recovery Month continuously promotes the important message that prevention does work, treatment can be effective, and people do recover. This year’s theme is: “Join the Voices for Recovery: It is Worth It,” meant to emphasize that even if the path to recovery is difficult, the benefits of overcoming and preventing substance use and/or mental disorders are valuable and significant to communities, families, and individuals.

The aim of the toolkit includes educating people that the ones in recovery accomplish healthy lifestyles, both emotionally and physically, as well as positively contribute to their communities. The toolkit helps in planning events for Recovery Month and gives educational materials and tools to distribute among their communities and during events in their localities.

The toolkit has three different parts and a special part that showcases real-life examples of those in recovery:

  • Media Outreach – Gives directions to promote and plan Recovery Month events and activities, in addition to templates to personalize and send out to online and local media outlets.
  • Targeted Outreach – Provides audience-specific details on the effectiveness of treatment, benefits of recovery, and advice on overcoming challenges while in the process of recovery.
  • Resources – Gives resources that help prepare and plan for events during Recovery Month, in addition to tips that cultivate partnerships with other types of organizations.
  • Join Voices for Recovery – This shows a snapshot of people on the path to recovery after suffering from substance use and/or mental disorders.

Materials generated for the observance of Recovery Month include social media tools, flyers, logos, and banners.  The resources assist local communities in reaching out and encouraging people needing services, and their families and friends, to get recovery and treatment information and services.  Materials offer several resources, which include the National Helpline of SAMHSA – 1-800-662 4357 (HELP) for treatment referral and information, as well as SAMHSA’s Treatment details at

Drugs change an individual’s behavior. Drugging and drinking usually ‘loosen you up’ by lowering inhibitions. Reduced alcohol inhibitions may be enjoyable; however, they also can create dangers and risks. Pacifica Bay Recovery is in full support of National Recovery Month for Mental and Addiction Awareness and we encourage anyone who is personally struggling with an addiction or knows someone who is struggling with a substance abuse disorder to get in touch with our facility to get on a healthy path to recovery. We offer a wide variety of treatment programs and therapy services to fit each individual’s unique needs. If you live in San Diego, CA, please feel free to get in touch with one of our friendly associates today at (619) 350-8220 to get you started on your new life path!

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