National Recovery Month 2013: Join the Voices for Recovery

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18:  With little to pass the time, Donald Rayfield, known on the street as "Detroit", smokes crack cocaine and looks at a pornographic magazine in an underground storm drain on January 18, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. Detroit became homeless when he began smoking crack as he grieved the sudden death of his mother on December 15 ending four years of drug-free living. He has enrolled in a rehabilitation program to begin this week. A recent comprehensive census and survey of homelessness in Los Angeles County by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development found 88,345 homeless people in the city and surrounding communities, far exceeding any other county in the nation, or the five boroughs of New York which by contrast have only 48,155 homeless people.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

National Recovery Month 2013: Join the Voices for Recovery

Substance abuse can affect anyone. Do you know the signs?

Published September 16, 2013

Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), sponsors National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) to increase awareness and understanding of mental and/or substance use disorders.  This celebration promotes the message that behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people do recover.

Why National Recovery Month?

A substance use disorder can affect anyone.  These conditions do not discriminate by age, race, ethnicity, gender, or income status and are as prevalent as many other health issues.  It is estimated that behavioral health conditions – which include mental and/or substance use disorders – will surpass physical conditions as the major cause of disability in the United States by 2020.  Again, recovery is affordable for people with a substance use disorder.

The 2013 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together on Pathways to Wellness,” represents the many ways that people can prevent behavioral health issues, seek treatment, and sustain recovery as part of a commitment to living a mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy life.  The theme highlights that people are not alone on this journey to seek total health every day.  Family, friends, and community members can support individuals throughout the entire recovery process.  The theme also emphasizes that there are many paths to wellness, including professional treatment, medical care, self-help, and group support, and each person embarks on his or her own unique path.

The annual Recovery Month observance aligns with SAMHSA’s mission to reduce the impact of substance abuse on America’s communities.  It supports many of SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiatives, including preventing substance use disorders, promoting recovery and resilience, and increasing public understanding.

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Written by Derrick Lane, BlackDoctor.Org


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