September will be “Recovery Month”
Help spread the word that recovery from substance abuse addiction is real by participating in the national Recovery Month observance this September. Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), this public health campaign is designed to highlight the societal benefits of substance abuse treatment and to promote the message that recovery from substance abuse in all its forms is possible. To help community organizations plan a Recovery Month event or campaign, SAMHSA along with the Recovery Month planning partners have developed the Recovery Month Toolkit.
The Recovery Month toolkit includes printed materials to support event organizers in their planning and outreach to local leaders and community audiences. The toolkit changes each year based on the Recovery Month theme. This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Recovery Benefits Everyone,” emphasizes that all American’s have the opportunity to access provisions within the Affordable Care Act and Mental Health Parity and Addictions Equity Act (MHPAEA), aimed to improve physical and emotional health while ensuring people will receive the care they need at a more reasonable cost.
The theme showcases how public awareness will increase access to those in need of essential substance use and mental health services and how these legislative changes will improve the overall health and well-being of people in the United States.
Since CADCA is one of the Recovery Month planning partners, all CADCA members will receive a copy of the 2011 toolkit via mail.
The online version of the 2011 Recovery Month Toolkit is available at http://www.recoverymonth.gov/Recovery-Month-Kit.aspx.