Recovery Month Celebrates People In Recovery And Those Who Support Them

Recovery Month promotes the benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, appreciates the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.

Mental and substance use disorders affect millions of Americans and directly touch the lives of individuals, family members, neighbors, and colleagues. Families often deal with the complex dynamics of supporting loved ones living in recovery while, at the same time, learning how to take care of their own well-being. Given the widespread impact and societal cost of behavioral health conditions, it’s important for communities to make prevention, treatment, and recovery support services available and accessible to all those who need them.

Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) (, sponsors National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) to increase awareness of behavioral health conditions and support those in recovery. This celebration promotes the message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can, and do, recover from mental and substance use disorders.

The 2017 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities,” inspires communities to be socially inclusive, offering support to those with mental and/or substance use disorders. It also encourages members of the community to seek help when needed, lend a hand, and contribute to their community as citizens, parents, employees, students, volunteers, and leaders.

More Resources For Recovery Month

Tips For Talking To A Loved One About Substance Use

How To Support Someone In Recovery

How To Support A Family Member in Recovery


Share Your Recovery Story

Share your recovery story and learn from others (

Find out about and post recovery events in your community (

Watch the Road to Recovery television series (