According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), up to 35% of people with substance use disorder also have eating disorders. What’s worse is that up to half of those with eating disorders also abuse substances. However, only a fraction of them seek the treatment that they need to recover. In order to spread more awareness and celebrate those who recover, SAMHSA sponsors National Recovery Month.
What Is National Recovery Month?
Recovery Month is a campaign that SAMHSA sponsors every September. Its purpose is to increase awareness and knowledge about substance use and mental disorders. Also, the campaign educates the public about treatment and celebrates those who have taken strides to live healthier.
While National Recovery Month 2019 is the 30th anniversary of this observance, this hasn’t always been its name. The campaign started as Treatment Works! Month in 1989 to honor the work that professionals do to treat substance use. In 1998, it transformed into National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month in recognition of those in recovery. As of 2011, it became simply National Recovery Month to encompass mental illness awareness and mental health treatment.
With the observance, SAMHSA aims to eliminate the misconceptions and stigma that surround these illnesses. Throughout the years, it has encouraged anyone with substance use and mental disorders to seek support. In its third decade, the month will also celebrate the advancements that experts have achieved in treatment.
What’s the Theme for 2019?
There’s a new theme for each Recovery Month in order to focus on spreading a specific message. For National Recovery Month 2019, the theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger. Its focus will be on the health care community, first responders and other leaders that support recovery. The 2019 observance will emphasize the urgency of building networks and sharing resources across the United States.
In addition, 2019 National Recovery Month will remind the public that substance use and mental disorders affect everyone. Because of that, everyone has a role to play in recovery. With inspiring stories, the aim is to empower people to enroll in a mental health and substance abuse treatment center.
Changes to the Recovery Month Logo
SAMHSA has introduced a new logo for the 30th anniversary of Recovery Month. The “r” signifies the true values and meaning of the observance. It symbolizes recovery and the necessity to continue supporting millions who live in recovery and their loved ones.
Joining the Campaign to Spread Awareness
Anyone can join the mission to spread awareness about and encourage treatment for mental health and substance use disorders. As a matter of fact, SAMHSA has created a tool kit for organizations and individuals to plan activities and events. Individuals can also use its dedicated website to find activities and events near them.
Take the First Step Toward Recovery
Do you have a teen who suffers from a substance use disorder? If so, Foothills at Red Oak Recovery can provide teen substance use disorder treatment. When your teen has a mental condition as well, we can address that too. In fact, some of the services at our adolescent treatment center NC residents depend on include:
- Group counseling program
- Family therapy program
- Reality therapy program
- Equine therapy program
- Music and art therapy program
Learn more during National Recovery Month about why mental health and substance use disorder treatment is so important. Get help for your teen today. Call 866.300.5275 for more information about our services.