Recovery Unplugged welcomes the 30th anniversary of National Recovery Month, a 30-day event spearheaded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to promote education and awareness toward addiction, de-stigmatize substance use disorder and celebrate the efforts and achievements of the recovery community.
Each year Recovery Unplugged observes National Recovery Month by, among other initiatives, sharing the success stories and the steps taken by those active in recovery. The theme this year is “Join the Voices of Recovery: Together We Are Stronger” which aims to highlight the individual community members, the first responders, the healthcare community, and the youth and emerging leaders along with the other various support systems in recovery. The focus of this year’s theme is to emphasize the importance of communities working together and to remind us that there are millions who suffer from mental health disorders or substance abuse, that it is everywhere, and reducing stigmas while increasing awareness is an effort of the entire community.
The Special Significance of 30 during 2019 National Recovery Month
In addition to this being the 30th anniversary of National Recovery Month, Recovery Unplugged is pleased to report that, for the first time in 30 years, drug overdose deaths are down from 70,237 in 2017 to a little over 68,500 last year. While there is still a great deal of work to be done in the long-term and everyday battle to curtail addiction, events like National Recovery Month move the needle more and more every year, and Recovery Unplugged is proud to partner with SAMHSA in this endeavor by providing comprehensive, music-assisted treatment.
According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 19.7 million American adults experienced a substance use disorder—11.4 million of those people misused opioids. The same report also listed about 13.5 million adults who identified as having an unmet need for mental health care.
How Can I Get Involved?
SAMHSA has provided a comprehensive tool kit to those who are interested in taking extra initiative in sharing stories and advice by those active in recovery. This year’s theme introduces a new logo featuring a lowercase ‘r’ representing ‘r is for Recovery’ and the need to support the millions of people active in recovery. There’s also a great emphasis on the need to spread resources and build support systems within each community.
The tool kit provided by SAMHSA helps communities do that by providing information, resources, and ideas for getting involved in the movement. Included in the tool kit are media outreach templates, tips for event planning and community conditions, and audience-specific information and data on behavioral health conditions, as well as resources for prevention, treatment, and recovery. Some of the materials included are a free and confidential 24-hour hotline, 1-800-622-HELP (4357), and resources for locating services.
Included within the tool kit are detailed instructions on how individuals and organizations can pitch and plan events. This page contains media outreach templates as well as examples and tips on pitching and publicizing the ideas. Also included in this tool kit is an updated list on different mental health disorders with signs and symptoms of each.
This National Recovery Month, Recovery Unplugged encourages those who are personally struggling with their substance use disorder, or if they know someone who is, to get involved in any of the community events and begin to reduce stigmas and increase understanding on how to live healthier, sober lives.