National Recovery Month is sponsored and recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). It was created with the mission to educate Americans about the connection between substance abuse treatment and mental health. Substance abuse treatment services can empower those with mental and substance use disorders to live a healthy and rewarding life.
Over the past 30 years, the recognition of recovery has been more than remembering the lives we have lost to these illnesses. It’s also about celebrating the gains that recovery brings.
By promoting new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, we can educate society on the science behind treatment and recovery. By sharing recovery stories and event involvement, we are given hope and inspiration for a better life, especially with those still seeking help.
We recognize that these illnesses are like many others. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes – we are all in recovery for something. This September, we encourage communities to educate and get involved. Through these efforts, we contribute to breaking the stigma of addiction and mental health illnesses.
- The 2017 Tennessee Mental Health National Outcome Measures (NOMS) reported that 65.6% of adults who received treatment felt positive about the outcome.
- In this same report, 71.8% of adults reported improved social connections after treatment.
- According to the 2015 SAMHSA Behavioral Health Barometer for Tennessee, 22,445 individuals sought treatment for substance abuse – an increase of 5,855 individuals in 2011. 
How You Can Contribute
Events to Attend
August 31: International Overdose Awareness Day Rally, Nashville TN
September 7: 3rd Annual Rutherford County Recovery Fest, Murfreesboro TN
September 8: Sumner County Recovery Fest, Gallatin TN
September 12: TAADAS Recovery Month Dinner 2019, Nashville TN
Recognizing other Related Dates
September 10th: World Suicide Prevention Day
September 20th: National Addiction Professionals Day
September 16th-22nd: National Rehabilitation Awareness Week