Did you know that September is National Recovery Month?Established in 1999, Recovery Month is a national observance that provides an annual opportunity to educate the public on the disease of addiction and remove the negative stigmas associated with mental health issues. It also starts positive conversations about recovery and allows individuals who have struggled with addiction to share their stories of success and resilience–the types of stories that may not often make the news.

Each year, Recovery Month is associated with a unique theme designed to be both relevant and timely. This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Our Families, Our Story, Our Recovery!” Families often find it difficult to deal with the complex dynamic of supporting a loved one in recovery while also making time for self-care.

In 2016, National Recovery Month is designed to shine a spotlight on these families, communities, care providers and individuals who have dealt with addiction in order to develop a more personal connection to the cause with those outside the recovery community.

By making addiction more personal, Recovery Month can highlight the need for improved availability of addiction and mental health treatment services, as well as continued education and prevention.

National Recovery Month is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

To find Recovery Month celebrations and events in your area, view interactive content or learn more about National Recovery Month, click here!