National Recovery Month
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This September once again marks National Recovery Month, organized by SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) ( is a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.

Primary Focus

The observance’s main focus is to laud the gains made by those in recovery from these conditions, just as we would those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. 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, now in its 24th year, 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.

A Celebration Of Recovery

Each September, thousands of prevention, treatment, and recovery programs and services around the country celebrate their successes and share them with their neighbors, friends, and colleagues in an effort to educate the public about recovery, how it works, for whom, and why. There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery. These successes often go unnoticed by the broader population; therefore, Recovery Month provides a vehicle to celebrate these accomplishments.

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.

Sovereign Health Supports

Sovereign Health deeply supports the message of National Recovery Month.  There is no question that mental health and substance abuse issues are some of the most serious issues facing the field of medicine in our times.  Sadly many people today still do not view these problems as truly dire conditions that need proper treatment and care.  Luckily, organizations like SAMHSA have been, and continue to promote awareness about mental health and substance issues.

Sovereign is especially happy that this year’s Recovery Month focuses not only on treating these conditions, but the ways in which they can be prevented and recovery can be sustained.  While the treatment process is no doubt important, Sovereign Health believes that prevention can be one of the key factors in fighting off addictions and disorders.

A Focus On Prevention

By focusing on prevention, as a nation, we can not only stem the tide of substance use before it harms individuals, families and communities, but we can also stem the costly tide of treatment, therapy and use.  By catching onto use patterns, or early mental health issues before they become full-blown disorders, we can steer people towards the right help without hurting their jobs, loved ones or causing embarrassment.

Sovereign Health constantly strives to provide the best treatment and awareness to its patients, their families and the communities.  That is why Sovereign proudly supports National Recovery Month.  In promoting awareness of the dangers of severe mental health and substance use issues, and in how they can be prevented and their recoveries sustained, SAMHSA is committing a true service to the entire field of behavioral health.

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