September is a time for new beginnings with a new school year, sports seasons starting and seasons changing. Prevention, treatment and recovery programs celebrate September as Recovery Month. This has occurred since 1989 to increase awareness surrounding mental health and addiction recovery. The theme for Recovery Month is “Every Person. Every Family. Every Community.” According to Youth.gov; “Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover.” During Recovery Month the gains by those in recovery from substance use, mental health disorders and problem gambling are celebrated.
When people hear the word recovery, they think of alcoholics anonymous, narcotics anonymous and other types of recovery groups. Recovery does not mean the same thing for everybody. As stated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) the goal of Recovery Month is to promote and support new evidence-based recovery practices as well as engage service providers and communities who participate in the recovery process such as those who are providing treatment or supporting those who provide services. Evidence-based treatment is a mode of treatment that is based on evidence. This evidence is obtained through years of research with positive outcomes. The client benefits are used to meet individual needs as well as create a more consistent platform across the health service. Recovery Month is also educating people that addiction treatment and mental health services can help those with a mental and/or substance use disorder and/or problem gambling to reach their goals and to live a healthy life.