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I am person in long term recovery, meaning I haven’t used alcohol or drugs in over 23 years. When I started on my recovery journey, there was no “recovery movement” and we did not talk about being in recovery. We were silent. Today, I am proud to be a part of the ever-growing recovery movement in our country.
Once again, communities and individuals across the country are joining together in September to observe and celebrate SAMHSA’s National Recovery Month (Recovery Month). For the past 26 years, Recovery Month has celebrated the journey and achievements of the millions of Americans who are in recovery from mental and substance use disorders. Communities across the country are planning Recovery Month events, bringing people together to share real life experiences about the power of recovery.
On October 4th, tens of thousands of people representing organizations and families from the prevention, treatment, criminal justice, health and recovery communities across the country will UNITE to Face Addiction on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
We are coming together to end the silence and let policymakers, the media, our friends, families, co-workers, and neighbors know that addiction is preventable and treatable that people can and do recover when they get the help they need.
This week, SAMHSA released its strategic plan for the next four years, Leading Change 2.0: Advancing the Behavioral Health of the Nation 2015 – 2018 (Leading Change 2.0).