Each September, SAMHSA sponsors National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders, and celebrate the individuals living in recovery. Now in its 29th year, the 2018 Recovery Month observance focuses on urban communities, health care providers, members of the media, and policymakers, highlighting the various entities that support recovery within our society.
The 2018 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders. The 2018 observance also aims to increase awareness and encourage audiences to take advantage of the increased dialogue around behavioral health needs and the increased emphasis on tackling our nation’s opioid crisis.
The observance will work to highlight inspiring stories that help thousands of people from all walks of life find the path to hope, health, and wellness. In addition, the materials support SAMHSA’s message that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.
EVENTS AND MEDIA OUTREACH
These documents will help guide your Recovery Month event planning process. Materials include tips and instructions to plan and publicize your Recovery Month events, as well as information on how to engage the media. This section offers various customizable media outreach templates and proclamations (available for individual download below).
- Sample Pitch Email (DOC | 887 KB)
- Sample Media Advisory (DOC | 887 KB)
- Sample Press Release (DOC | 888 KB)
- Sample Proclamation 1 (DOC | 888 KB)
- Sample Proclamation 2 (DOC | 888 KB)
This section provides audience-specific information and data on the 2018 highlighted targeted audiences.
URBAN COMMUNITIES (PDF |143 KB)
This document explores the role that individuals and organizations in the recovery sector play in helping those with mental and substance use disorders receive the help they need in urban communities.
HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS (PDF |115 KB)
This document explains how health care providers – from nurses to physicians to counselors – can facilitate lifesaving prevention, treatment, and recovery services for patients with behavioral health conditions.
MEDIA (PDF | 133 KB)
This document explains how the media can play a bigger part in positively advancing the public’s knowledge of mental illness and substance use disorders, including encouraging acceptance and inspiring action for people to get help for themselves and their loved ones.
POLICYMAKERS (PDF | 118 KB)
This document provides policymakers with the latest data, information on at-risk populations, and guidance for investing in recovery for their communities.
COMMON MENTAL DISORDERS AND MISUSED SUBSTANCES (PDF | 196 KB)
This document details a list of common mental illnesses and misused substances, as well as alternative names for each disorder or substance; signs, symptoms, and adverse health effects; additional information on prevalence; and the average age of first-time use of a substance.
TREATMENT AND RECOVERY SUPPORT SERVICES (PDF | 136 KB)
This document provides a list of national and local resources, including toll-free numbers that can connect you to prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.
DATA VISUALIZATION (PDF | 246 KB)
This document offers a visual snapshot of behavioral health conditions in the United States and their prevalence.
FULL 2018 TOOLKIT (PDF | 619 KB)
This document provides the full 2018 Recovery Month toolkit.