Since 1989, the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has celebrated September as National Recovery Month. This year the theme for Recovery Month 2018 is Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community.  According to SAMHSA, 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”.

September provides opportunities for people to not only learn about prevention, treatment, and recovery, but also for individuals and communities to acknowledge those who have overcome substance use and mental health disorders and are leading productive lives.

SAMHSA shares Recovery Month events around the nation and locally. On their site you can search for events specific to North Carolina and share your own events for the community to learn about.

SAMHSA provides many other resources including a toolkit, PSAs, social media messaging, and graphics for the public to use.