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September Declared as National Recovery Month

President Obama proclaimed September 2011 as National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, stating, “Recovering from addiction to alcohol and other drugs takes strength, faith, and commitment. As a Nation, we must strive to promote second chances and recognize each individual’s ability to overcome adversity.” There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery, and Recovery Month provides a vehicle to celebrate these accomplishments.

This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery:  Recovery Benefits Everyone,” showcases how public awareness can increase access to treatment and community-based recovery support.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is offering a variety of materials to help local organizations and leaders reach out to their communities throughout September to raise awareness of substance abuse issues. To view a listing of community events for the month, visit http://www.recoverymonth.gov/Get-Involved.aspx.  SAMHSA also offers a number of FREE materials available for use in your community.

You may access and order these and other materials by visiting the SAMHSA website at http://www.recoverymonth.gov/Recovery-Month-Kit.aspx.