National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to educate Americans about how 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 celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate health improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. National Recovery Month reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention work
s, and effective treatment. People can and do recover.
Recovery is for everyone: every person, every family, every community. In our community, mental health and substance use disorders affect many people. As a part of National Recovery Month, Hold Out the Lifeline is encouraging you to broaden your understanding of what recovery means for people with different experiences. Become a lifeline to someone by getting trained in Mental Health First Aid and attending a Community-Based Recovery Support Session so that you will be able to:
- Identify and respond to signs of substance use disorders
- Advance the recognition, acceptance, and support of recovery
- Identify specific skills and techniques to support those in or seeking recovery
- Create a community that understands, supports, and advocates for recovery
While many of us, from celebrities and sports figures to our co-workers, neighbors, friends, and family members, have experienced peaks and valleys, both big and small, we are called to be caretakers of one another. We must remember that with strength, support, and hope from the people we love, we are resilient.