Volume XI, Issue VII - September 2017


National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is an annual observance celebrated every September since 1989. In September, and throughout the year, Recovery Month spreads the message that

  • Behavioral health is essential to health;
  • Treatment is effective;
  • People recover; and
  • Prevention works.

This year's theme, "Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities," encourages communities to be socially inclusive, offering those in need of recovery support the chance to seek help, lend a hand, and contribute to their community as citizens, parents, employees, students, volunteers, and leaders. Communities can improve the lives of those in recovery by extending opportunities for meaningful daily activities, such as jobs, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors. Local communities can play a significant role in supporting those in recovery as they gain the independence, income, and resources necessary to fully participate in society.

To help more people achieve and sustain long-term recovery, the Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (IDHS/DASA) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the State of Illinois invite all residents of Illinois to participate in National Recovery Month (Recovery Month).

For more information about Recovery Month and to find out about events in Illinois please visit www.recoverymonth.gov.