National Recovery Month educates people on the benefits of addiction treatment and mental health services. This national observance reinforces the positive message that treatment is effective– people can and do recover.
There are millions of Americans who have transformed their lives in recovery. Each September, recovery programs and treatment centers around the country celebrate National Recovery Month. They share success stories with colleagues and friends to raise awareness about mental health and substance use disorders.
The theme of this year’s Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable! It encourages people to open up a dialogue about addiction and mental health disorders, and make active changes in their communities.
Fast Facts About National Recovery Month
Every September The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) shares the results of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). The survey shows how many people are affected by mental and substance use disorders. It highlights that behavioral health is vital to a person’s overall health, and that recovery is possible with effective treatment.
SAMHSA Survey Results
- Among adults aged 18 or older, 43.8 million (18.5 percent of adults) had any mental illness in the past year. A mental illness is defined as an individual having any mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder in the past year that met Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) criteria (excluding
developmental and substance use disorders).
- Among the 43.8 million adults aged 18 or older with any mental illness, 19.6 million (44.7 percent) received
mental health services in the past year.
- Among people aged 12 or older, 21.6 million people (8.2 percent of this population) were classified with
substance dependence or abuse in the past year.
- Among people aged 12 or older, 20.2 million people needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol use problem in
the past year, but did not receive treatment at a specialty facility in the past year.
- More than seven million U.S. adults reported having co-occurring disorders. This means that in the past year they
have had any mental illness and a substance use disorder. The percentage of adults who had co-occurring mental
illness and substance use disorder in the past year was highest among adults aged 18 to 25 (6.0 percent).
- By 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as a major cause of disability
- According to research that tracks individuals in treatment over extended periods, most people who get into and
remain in treatment stop using drugs, decrease their criminal activity, and improve their occupational, social, and
Morningside Recovery Treatment
Morningside Recovery is an addiction treatment center that offers many rehab programs to help people from all walks of life. Some of these programs include:
- Inpatient rehab
- Residential treatment program
- Outpatient rehab
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
- Aftercare program
If you’d like to learn more about enrolling in one of our programs, call us today at 855-631-2135. Recovery can start with just a simple phone call.