For this post, I invited Sarah Ikenberry from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to share more about their fabulous “Recovery Month” programming.

Did you know that each September is “National Recovery Month”?

I didn’t until Sarah contacted me.

I think it is so very important to recognize ourselves and others for the important work we are doing by choosing to recover, to heal, to uplift ourselves, and to support others in doing the same. As we share our stories and our involvement in recovery-oriented activities and events, we serve as mentors to others who aspire to do the same.

SAMHSA’s Recovery Month highlights individuals who are making a difference in their own lives and also are willing to serve as an inspiration to others. With year-round activities designed to support National Recovery Month, SAMHSA is a national advocate for doing the hard work of recovery, one life at a time.

An extra-special thank you goes out to Sarah for taking the time to compose this guest blog to share more about all the ways we can participate in Recovery Month in September and year-round!

From Sarah Ikenberry at SAMHSA:

Every September the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) celebrates National Recovery Month (Recovery Month).

Recovery Month recognizes and lauds the gains made by individuals in recovery from substance use disorders and mental health problems.  It also recognizes the efforts of treatment providers and families who support those in recovery.

Recovery Month is officially observed in September but the initiative continues throughout the year. The Recovery Month observance serves to educate the public that substance abuse is a national health crisis, that prevention works and behavioral health services are effective, and that people can and do recover.

Across the country, people in recovery celebrate their successes and share their achievements with others in an effort to educate their communities about treatment, how it works, for whom, and why.

In order to create more awareness of people’s personal success stories, Recovery Month created an online vehicle for people to share their recovery stories, called Voices for Recovery. Sharing your recovery story with others through the Recovery Month site will be a guiding example to those who still need to seek help or are thinking about entering recovery.

In addition to sharing your story, there are many other ways you can help raise awareness by getting involved in Recovery Month.

One of the easiest and most popular ways is to host or attend community events. You can post community events on our website, or search our list for events near you. The community events widget can also be added to your blog or website to promote an event or help your visitors find events near them. Although many of the community events occur in September, we encourage you to host and post events throughout the year.

Recovery Month supports SAMHSA’s strategic initiatives through public awareness and support and prevention of substance abuse and mental illness. To learn more about Recovery Month or find resources about recovery, please visit our website. You can also follow our Twitter account or like our Facebook page to receive additional Recovery Month updates.