September is Recovery Month

By: Tanya Kramer, LPC

Recovery Month serves to elevate important topics in recovery, such as promoting/supporting new evidence-based practices, a strong/proud recovery community, and acknowledging both organizations and individuals who create the recovery community.

Observance of Recovery Month was started by the organization called SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) in 1989 to increase public awareness of mental health and addiction recovery.  Purple is the established color to represent Recovery Month and Recovery Day which is September 30th this year.

Millions of Americans’ lives have been transformed by the recovery of both substance abuse and mental health.  Recovery Month provides a venue for everyone to share their stories, lift each other up, and provide hope for those struggling.

This month also draws attention to new research and interventions that could improve the process for those striving for health and wellness.

The 2022 Recovery Month Theme is:  “Recovery is For Everyone:  Every Person, Every Family, Every Community.”

Here are some organizations and links to learn more about Recovery Month: