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National Recovery Month – Treatment can lead to a Healthy Rewarding Life

National Recovery Month is an observance that educates Americans that addiction treatm ent and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The observance focuses on the gains made by those in recovery. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

Recovery Month highlights individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are living happy and healthy lives in long-term recovery and also honors the prevention, treatment, and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible, and also encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.

The 2013 Recovery Month observance emphasizes the many ways that people can prevent behavioral health issues, seek treatment, and sustain recovery as part of a commitment to living a mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy life.

For more information and National Recovery Month resources, visit http://www.recoverymonth.gov/.

Last Reviewed: 9/4/13