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On September 4, 2013, SAMHSA held a press conference to release the data of the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The press conference also kicked off Recovery Month 2013, where representatives from Federal agencies, including SAMHSA and the National Office of Drug Control Policy, and people in recovery, spoke about the benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) unveiled the results of the latest (2009) National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) at a press conference on Thursday, September 16. The annual survey is the largest of its kind, and is the government's primary vehicle for determining how many persons are abusing illegal drugs, pharmaceuticals, alcohol and tobacco.
The release of SAMHSA’s 2009 survey results kicks-off the 21st annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month)
observance, celebrating individuals through out the country who have achieved long-term recovery from substance use disorders, and recognizing the contributions of the dedicated men and women working in the field who provide the needed treatment and recovery services. Recovery Month
aims to educate the public that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, that treatment for substance use and mental health disorders is effective, and that people can and do recover.