Mental and/or substance use disorders affect people of all ethnicities, ages, genders, geographic regions, and socioeconomic levels. They need to know that help is available. In fact, in 2012, 34.1 million adults aged 18 or older received services for mental illness and 2.5 million people aged 12 or older who needed treatment for a drug or alcohol use problem received treatment at a specialty facility.
These individuals can get better, both physically and emotionally. They need the support of a welcoming community – one that speaks up for their cause and one that reaches out to lend a hand.
Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. The 2014 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out,” encourages people to openly discuss mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery. It aims to foster public understanding and acceptance of behavioral health conditions.
We urge all community members or organizations to let people know that free, confidential help is available 24 hours a day through SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or 1-800-487-4889 (TDD).
To speak up or reach out to a person in recovery or seeking prevention or treatment, services can make a huge difference. Together we can help others realize the promise of recovery.
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