SAMHSA Celebrates Recovery Month

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Every September, as a part of National Recovery Month, SAMHSA celebrates people who have achieved long-term recovery from mental and substance use disorders and those who provide treatment and recovery services. This year marks the 28th annual observance, which also included the release of SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) at a press conference in Washington, DC. Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., shared key findings from the NSDUH report. Daryl Kade, M.A., Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality described the scope and methodology of the NSDUH survey. Kimberly Johnson, Ph.D., Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W., Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services were joined by Fran Harding, Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, and speakers from the recovery community to discuss the impact treatment programs and providers are having on the lives of Americans.

This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities.” SAMHSA produced radio and television PSAs and offered communities a toolkit to plan their participation. Organizations throughout the United States participated by hosting over 2,000 events such as conferences, educational events, wellness celebrations, walks or runs, and other special programs.

National Recovery Month is not just about the individuals living in long-term recovery, but those who work in the field and make it possible. A nonprofit started the observance in 1989 as “Treatment Works!,” celebrating the contributions of the treatment community. After SAMHSA took over the observance, individuals in recovery were included in the observance.

  • SAMHSA Leadership Releases NSDUH Findings
    L to R: CSAP Director Frances M. Harding; CSAT Director Kimberly Johnson, Ph.D.; Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D.; CBHSQ Director Daryl Kade, M.A.; CMHS Director Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W.
  • Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D.
    “Fortunately there is effective action being taken by the Administration and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with initiatives to reduce prescription opioid and heroin-related overdose, death, and dependence as well as many evidence-based early intervention programs to increase access to treatment and recovery for people with serious mental illness.”
  • “The collective belief in recovery is fundamental to our success in addressing major health issues.” – CSAT Director Kimberly Johnson, Ph.D.
  • Recovery Month Press Conference Speakers
    L to R: CSAT Director Kimberly Johnson, Ph.D.; ONDCP Director Richard Baum; Zachary Talbott; Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use Elinore F. McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D.; CMHS Director Paolo del Vecchio, M.S.W.; CBHSQ Director Daryl Kade, M.A.; Emmanuel Ford; Esther Ford
  • SAMHSA’s annual celebration of National Recovery Month includes the release of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The survey included approximately 67,500 people aged 12 and older in the United States.

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