National Recovery Month, sponsored and recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), was created with the mission to educate Americans that substance abuse treatment and mental health 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 are able to 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 Pennsylvania Mental Health National Outcome Measures (NOMS) reported that 93.4% of adults who received treatment felt positive about the outcome.[1]
  • In this same report, 92.8% of adults reported improved social connections after treatment.
  • According to the 2015 SAMHSA Behavioral Health Barometer for Pennsylvania, 53,584 individuals sought treatment for substance abuse. [2]

How You Can Contribute

Events to Attend

September 7: RASE Project Comedy Show and Dinner, Harrisburg PA

September 14: Pittsburgh Recovery Walk, Pittsburgh PA

September 18: Shining Light on the Opioid Epidemic, Byrn Mawr, PA

September 21: 22nd Annual Race for Recovery, Erie, PA

Learn More

History of National Recovery Month

Read Personal Stories

That Sober Guy Podcast

Recognizing other Related Dates

September 10th: World Suicide Prevention Day

September 20th: National Addiction Professionals Day

September 16th-22nd: National Rehabilitation Awareness Week





Choose a better life. Choose recovery.