September is Recovery Month!

Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month.  Recovery Month aims to raise awareness that prevention and treatment work, and people can recover from mental and substance use disorders.

As defined by SAMHSA, recovery is an ongoing process during which people work to improve their health and wellness and to live a meaningful life in their community while striving to reach their full potential. Recovery is different for every person. For many people struggling with addiction, recovery begins when they enter treatment.

Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable! is the theme of this year’s Recovery Month. This theme honors people in recovery and their role in their communities. By being visible and vocal, people in recovery can let others know that there is hope and recovery is possible.

In Massachusetts, there will be many events this month to empower and celebrate people in recovery, highlight the many pathways to recovery, and raise awareness of the impact of addiction on our communities. You can find Recovery Month events near you by visiting our calendar.

On September 21, 2015, Massachusetts Organization for Addiction Recovery (MOAR) is sponsoring the 25th Annual Recovery Day Celebration. This includes a march from the Boston City Hall to the Massachusetts State House, followed by a celebration at the State House. If you or someone you know has been affected by drug or alcohol addiction, MOAR invites you to join the event.

If you or someone you know needs help finding support for recovery, or other treatments for addiction, search the Helpline website or call 800.327.5050 to talk with a trained referral specialist.