National Recovery Month is observed every September to celebrate the millions of lives transformed through recovery, recognize the providers and communities who make recovery possible, and to educate the public on evidence-based treatment and recovery practices1.
Recovery Month was initially established in 1989 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMSHA), but is now sponsored by (opens in a new tab)2. Historically, Recovery Month was centered on a different theme each year; however, Faces & Voices of Recovery has announced the adoption of the permanent recovery month tagline –“Recovery is for Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community.” 3
This year, Recovery Month will continue to focus on increasing awareness surrounding substance use and co-occurring disorders, highlight the availability of effective treatment and recovery services, and remind the community at large that recovery is possible for anyone4.
As a community, we can celebrate Recovery Month in a variety of ways. Any effort an individual or community can make to observe Recovery Month is invaluable in supporting individuals seeking recovery and celebrating those who have found a healthier life because of recovery.
How to Celebrate National Recovery Month 2022
Anyone can participate in National Recovery Month. Throughout the month of September there are many sponsored events being held throughout the country. If you’re interested in spreading awareness and celebrating recovery, here are some ways to get involved:
Plan or attend an event in your area The National Recovery Month website offers a complete (opens in a new tab) to help you host a Recovery Month event in your area. The site offers tips on hosting your event, downloadable graphics to promote your event, and a public calendar where you can post your event. If you are more interested in supporting an existing event, the online calendar allows you to find events close to home. You can find more information (opens in a new tab).
Encourage a Proclamation Take time to contact your local representatives and government officials. Invite them to sign proclamations publicly supporting recovery month. Each proclamation demonstrates a commitment to reducing stigma surrounding substance use disorders and increasing accessibility to quality care for those still struggling to find recovery.
- Educate Yourself and Others Education is a powerful tool. While more people accept that substance use disorders do not discriminate, there is still a stigma surrounding substance abuse and dependence. To combat the stigma associated with SUD and increase access to life-saving care, educate yourself on available resources and treatment options in your area. The more you know, the more you can share.
- Make a Donation Many treatment providers and recovery organizations accept donations in order to continue to provide access to care. Even the smallest donation can have a huge impact in someone’s recovery story. While many people may only think of providing a monetary donation, don’t forget that other types of donations are just as valuable. Many individuals entering treatment do not have access to basic items, like toiletries or clothing. Volunteering your time and energy is also an amazing way to make a contribution to an organization. Whether you choose to donate your time, clothing, or money – your contribution will leave a lasting and transformational impact.
- Encourage anyone you know struggling with a substance use disorder to get help Recovery is available to everyone. If there is someone in your life struggling with a substance use disorder, remind them that a better life is available. If they are open to getting help, assist them in gathering resources or offer to help them secure transportation.
How Greenbriar Treatment Center Can Help
At Greenbriar Treatment Center we understand how substance use disorders can deeply impact individuals, families, and communities. We are committed to improving access to evidence-based treatment to the community we serve. Our services include:
- Medically Monitored Detox
- Residential Treatment
- Long-Term Residential Treatment
- Partial Hospitalization
- Intensive Outpatient
- Continuing Care
- Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)