Every September, we celebrate National Recovery Month to support those recovering from using substances and highlight the importance of getting treatment.
Shift in Focus
From National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month to Recovery Month, the change in name reflects the shift in focus from addiction to recovery.
In observance of National Recovery Month, we now celebrate the progress those in substance use and mental health treatment have made and promote treatment and recovery practices.
Though the road to recovery is typically not easy, it is possible!
Celebrating the progress that those in substance use recovery have made shows that recovery is possible for everyone.
Substance use is treatable, however, the stigma around addiction prevents many people from seeking treatment.
By speaking out about recovery and normalizing receiving treatment, National Recovery Month supports people finding their own path to recovery.
Substance use treatment literally saves lives!
Though no single treatment method will be successful for everyone, there are options. Types of substance use treatments include:
- Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT), where medication is taken to help offset cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
- Outpatient counseling to better understand one’s substance use or inpatient rehabilitation to provide a full-time supportive environment for recovery.
- Support groups to provide a network of supportive peers also in treatment.
The most effective treatment involves addressing all of a person’s healthcare needs, including mental health and testing for infectious diseases like HIV, rather than only focusing on their substance use.
How do I (get) help?
If someone shows signs of an overdose, get help immediately by calling 911. Administer Naloxone, if it’s available, and stay with the person to prevent them from choking.
If you or someone you know is struggling with substance use, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) treatment locator hotline at 800-662-HELP(4357) or visit https://findtreatment.gov.
Talk to a healthcare professional about any substance use concerns you may have, and they will help connect you to treatment.