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.
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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.
Heroin use and deaths related to prescription opioid use are on the rise in the U.S. As a result, overdose treatments like naloxone, which can help revive people in the throes of an opioid overdose, are attracting increased interest. A number of community-based harm reduction organizations are working to prevent overdose deaths through public education and naloxone distribution programs. SAMHSA has also released an overdose prevention toolkit, which includes prevention strategies and rescue steps to take when an overdose occurs.
We would like to take a moment to talk about the people behind these data.
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.