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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) unveiled the results of the latest (2010) National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) at a press conference on Thursday, September 8. 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 2010 survey results kicks-off the 22nd annual National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) observance, celebrating individuals through out the country who have achieved long-term recovery from substance use and mental 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.