“In celebration of Americans on the road to recovery, this National Recovery Month we recommit to helping prevent substance use disorder, supporting those who are still struggling, and providing people in recovery with the resources they need to live full and healthy lives,” President Biden wrote in the official proclamation. “When our fellow Americans recover from substance use disorder, our Nation becomes stronger and more resilient. Still, we recognize that the path to full recovery can be long and demanding.”
Recovery Month was preceded by Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, with events to commemorate those who died from an overdose and to reflect on the grief of those they left behind. Many people continue to live with the stigma associated with having a close family or friend die from an overdose.
Drug overdose is the leading cause of death for people ages 18 to 45 in the United States today. More than 100,000 people died of an overdose in the United States in 2021, according to provisional data from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.
Addiction is a treatable, chronic medical disease involving complex interactions among brain circuits, genetics, the environment, and an individual’s life experiences. People with addiction frequently require comprehensive treatment and deserve our compassion.
The recovery community utilizes the annual campaign to increase public awareness surrounding mental health and addiction recovery. In the years since Recovery Month launched, the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has timed announcements of initiatives and grant funding during Recovery Month while collaborating with private and public partners to celebrate individuals during their long-term recoveries.
This year, to address the nation’s growing crisis of substance misuse and overdose deaths, SAMHSA is launching initiatives that promote and support 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 possible.
An estimated 67,000 Coloradans with substance use disorder (SUD) are not receiving the treatment they need. Barriers include stigma, financial cost, and a shortage of available services. Untreated SUDs contribute to unemployment, homelessness, physical health problems, incarceration, and premature death.
Harmony Foundation has been part of the recovery community for decades. We are one of the longest-running and most successful addiction treatment centers in the world. If you or a loved one are struggling with alcohol or drug addiction, or you have questions about our programs, call us today at (970) 432-8075 to get the help needed as soon as possible.