Kick Off for Recovery Month September is National Recovery Month, which increases community awareness and understanding of mental, and substance use disorders, and celebrates individuals living their lives in recovery. The 2018 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community” explains a supportive community as one where people in recovery have opportunities and supports to contribute as community members, parents, employees, students, volunteers, and leaders. Supportive communities that offer opportunities for social connections either through positive relationships with family and friends, sober social events or volunteer opportunities help sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders. GET THE FACTS:
- In 2016, 43.1 percent of adults age 18 or older with any mental illness received mental health services. This means over half (56.9 percent) of adults with a mental illness did not receive the mental health services they needed in 2016.
- Opioid use is rising steadily and rapidly, as shown by the 11.8 million past year opioid misusers age 12 and older in 2016.
- In 2016, an estimated 21 million people age 12 or older needed substance use treatment.