National Recovery Month, sponsored and recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has the mission to educate Americans. Specifically, National Recovery Month empowers those with mental and substance use disorders highlighting substance abuse treatment and mental health services. Doing so allows them to live a healthy and rewarding life.
Over the past 30 years, the recognition of recovery has been more than remembering the lives we have lost to these illnesses. It’s also about celebrating the gains that recovery brings.
By promoting new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, we educate society on the science behind treatment and recovery. By sharing recovery stories and event involvement, we give hope and inspiration for a better life especially for those still seeking help.
We recognize these illnesses are like many others. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes – we are all in recovery for something. This September, we encourage communities to educate and get involved. Through these efforts, we contribute to breaking the stigma of addiction and mental health illnesses.
- The 2017 Pennsylvania Mental Health National Outcome Measures (NOMS) reported that 93.4% of adults who received treatment felt positive about the outcome.
- In this same report, 92.8% of adults reported improved social connections after treatment.
- According to the 2015 SAMHSA Behavioral Health Barometer for Pennsylvania, 53,584 individuals sought treatment for substance abuse. 
How You Can Contribute
Events to Attend
RASE Project Comedy Show and Dinner, Harrisburg PA, September 7
Pittsburgh Recovery Walk, Pittsburgh PA, September 14
Shining Light on the Opioid Epidemic, Byrn Mawr, PA, September 18
22nd Annual Race for Recovery, Erie, PA, September 21
History of National Recovery Month
Recognizing other Related Dates
World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10
National Addiction Professionals Day, September 20
National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, September 16-22