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What is National Recovery Month?

National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.

It’s a time to celebrate the advancements made by those in recovery, those who were once empty of hope. It’s a time to drive home the message that addiction treatment saves lives, behavioral and mental health are key components to overall health, prevention is key, and people recover from addiction.

It’s also a reminder that our work isn’t done quite yet. There are still over 21 million Americans suffering from addiction. They need our help.

The 2020 National Recovery theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections.” This theme serves as a reminder to people in recovery – and those who love and support them – that everyone has victories to celebrate, just as everyone has things they may wish they had done differently in life. But we can’t go at it alone; we must bind together to help us through life’s toughest times.

Below are stories of two individuals who did just that. After facing the deadly possibility of dying due to an overdose, they were left with a choice: Get treatment or succumb to the disease of addiction. Read their powerful stores below:

When is Recovery Month?

Founded in 1989, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has been sponsoring Recovery Month. However, SAMHSA has since turned the reigns over to Faces & Voice of Recovery to serve as the central hub for all recovery events.

Recovery Month is done to raise awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders. The entire month is dedicated to promoting and supporting new evidence-based addiction treatment and recovery practices, as well as honor those who are passionate service providers and community members. It’s also a time to celebrate those individuals who have reached recovery. Recovery Month runs from September 1st to September 30th nationwide each year. It’s because of this month that recovery is possible for so many.

What Are Recovery Month Colors?

The official color of Recovery Month is Purple. While the theme of Recovery Month changes every year, purple is always the official color for recovery month. Other colors may be incorporated into the celebration of this month, including turquoise awareness ribbons for Addiction Recovery Awareness.

What can I do to show my support?

Update your Facebook Profile with a National Recovery Month Frame!

From your profile page, go to “Edit Profile”

Click “Edit” under “Profile Picture”

Select “Add Frame”

Search for “Recovery Centers of America” and select “Recovery Centers of America 2020”



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