Every September, the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) observes Recovery Month. The goal is to promote the societal benefits of treatment for substance use and mental disorders, celebrate people in recovery, recognize treatment providers and spread the message that recovery is possible. As the SAMHSA slogan says, “Prevention works, treatment is effective and people recover.”
Recovery Month also inspires millions of people to raise awareness about addiction, share their stories of recovery and assist others who are still struggling. As one person writes, “Since I have attained recovery, I have accomplished all of my dreams – something I never would have imagined 26 years ago, when my dependence to alcohol and narcotics had created a hopeless life.”
Do you have a recovery story of your own? Add your voice to this month-long celebration. Or if you’re still struggling – or know someone who is – you may want to consider downloading SAMHSA’s free mobile app for iPhones/iPads/iPods. It’s a Treatment Locator that helps connect people with the services they need, whether it’s for mental health services or substance abuse.
Here at PatientsLikeMe, thousands of patients are sharing experiences, support and data regarding their mental health conditions and addictions. For example:
- 7,619 patients report generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- 3,894 patients report tobacco addiction
- 3,027 patients report obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- 2,046 patients report alcohol addiction
- 1,917 patients report drug addiction
- 1,416 patients report bipolar II disorder
If you are affected by a mental health condition or addiction – either as a patient or a caregiver – we encourage you to join our growing community. Learn about the path to recovery for others and connect with those who can relate.