Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), sponsors National Recovery Month to increase awareness of behavioral health conditions and substance-use disorders, and to celebrate the individuals living in recovery.

This observance promotes the belief that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover from mental and substance-use disorders. 

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.

Mental and substance-use disorders affect people of all ethnicities, ages, genders, geographic regions and socioeconomic levels. They need to know that help is available.

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