Throughout the month of September, communities across the country have come together to observe the 25th annual National Recovery Month (Recovery Month). Community events are the cornerstone of Recovery Month and provide a setting celebrate the successes of people who are in recovery. As individuals and communities across the country unite to speak up about behavioral health conditions and the reality of recovery, I invite you to join the movement and participate in Recovery and Health: Echoing Through the Community, a nationwide webcast.
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For the last 25 years, communities and individuals across the country have joined together in September to observe SAMHSA's National Recovery Month (Recovery Month). This observance has provided an opportunity to celebrate the journey and achievements of the millions of Americans who are in recovery from a mental and/or substance use disorder. Over the last quarter-century, community Recovery Month events across the country have brought people together to share real life experiences about the power of recovery.
To mark this year’s 25th annual observance of National Recovery Month, SAMHSA Administrator, Pam Hyde, and her new Senior Advisor, Tom Coderre, share about recovery. Pam writes about how the idea of “recovery” has changed for the better, while Tom gives his thoughts about his own experience as a person who is in recovery.
September marks the 25th annual National Recovery Month. It is a good time to remember that over 43.7 million adults in the U.S. experienced a mental illness in 2012, and over 22 million misused substances. These numbers are significant, but there is hope. Research shows that individuals with these challenges can recover, improve their health and wellness, and live self-directed lives.
How many times today have you worried about something that happened days or weeks ago, or something that might happen to you tomorrow? Life is so fast-paced; it can be difficult to live in the moment. We often spend so much time thinking about the past and the future that we forget about what’s happening in the present. Practicing mindfulness can help.Mindfulness is becoming a more commonly used word in conversations about health, but it is often mistaken to simply mean relaxation. Mindfulness is much more than a good way to relax. It is a process of becoming aware of your thoughts, sensations, emotions, feelings, and environment in a given moment. Mindfulness also involves acknowledging your thoughts and feelings without judging them as good or bad.
This month, we remember the courage of Lois Curtis and Elaine Wilson as we observe the 15th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark civil rights decision in Olmstead v. L.C. After being diagnosed with mental illness and intellectual disabilities, Ms. Curtis and Ms. Wilson were voluntarily admitted to the psychiatric unit in Georgia Regional Hospital. They remained confined in the institution even after their treatment teams determined they were ready to move to a community-based program. They both wanted what we all want: to be part of a community that includes and values them, so they took their case to the Supreme Court.On June 22, 1999,the Supreme Court agreed with Ms.