National Recovery Month
Each September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and celebrate the individuals living in recovery. Recovery Month is now in its 29th year. This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community.” Together, we will explore how integrated care, a strong community, a sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of individuals with mental and substance use disorders. The observance will highlight inspiring stories that help thousands of people from all walks of life find the path to hope, health, and wellness. In addition, the materials support SAMHSA’s message that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.
Every year, public service announcements (PSAs) are created for Recovery Month to encourage individuals in need of treatment and recovery services to seek help. To support the 2018 Recovery Month campaign, SAMHSA created two radio and television PSAs in English and Spanish, in :20 and :30 second length. This year’s PSAs, r is for Recovery and Voices for Recovery share the message of hope. Voices for Recovery delivers actual words of encouragement from individuals in recovery to those seeking help. r is for Recovery helps build and support a community of hope by portraying individuals who are proud of their recovery.
The millions of people in recovery share hope, help and support. But there are many more people who are still in need of treatment and recovery services. You can help by airing these uplifting Public Service Announcements. We encourage you to share both!