Committing to making yourself well, especially when you are facing a mental and/or substance use disorder is an undertaking that requires perseverance, humility and support. Unfortunately, it’s often a silent struggle that is still stigmatized and goes unnoticed.

Millions of Americans have enjoyed positive success from undergoing treatment and recovery programs, yet their triumphs are often unnoticed by the general population. Yet while we celebrate the positive strides that public health officials make in health issues like heart disease or asthma, the broader population typically does not as widely celebrate the accomplishments of those who are now in recovery. By designating September as National Recovery Month, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides a platform for recognition and celebration of everyone who is fighting and also those who are living a healthy, sober life.

Now in its 26th year, Recovery Month continues to inspire and raise awareness of mental and/or substance use disorders and gives a voice to those who would like to share their recovery stories while also encouraging others to find resources and support. View the timeline put together by (SAMHSA) and learn about all the success the treatment and recovery field has made: http://www.recoverymonth.gov/sites/default/files/20-years-of-excellence-2009-timeline.pdf

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