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NAATP Celebrates National Recovery Month

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Now in its 31st year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate improvements made by those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.

Each September, Recovery Month works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.

Recovery Month increases awareness and understanding of mental health and substance use disorders and encourages individuals in need of treatment and recovery services to seek help. Recovery Month celebrates individuals living their lives in recovery and recognizes the dedicated workers who provide the prevention, treatment, and recovery support services that make it possible.

This year’s Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections,” embraces the adversity experienced in 2020. When we celebrate our connections to the diversity of people from all walks of life striving for recovery, we find support and courage to speak up for inclusion, respect, and opportunity.

Thank you to Faces and Voices Recovery who have taken the reins for Recovery Month. The New Recovery Month website ( provides printable materials, web, and social media resources to help communities plan events, educate individuals about mental health and substance use disorders, and encourages individuals to celebrate the millions of people in recovery from mental health and substance use disorders. Reminding us that behavioral health is an essential component to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

We'd love to hear what you are doing this year for Recovery Month!  Please tag NAATP on Facebook or Twitter with your Recovery Day events, post news updates on the NAATP website, and let us know what Recovery Day means to you. While on the NAATP Site, you can also Post your Recovery Month events. Last but not least, we encourage you to use the NAATP Recovery Month Facebook Profile Frame for the month of September.

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