DHHS Celebrates National Recovery Month

Sept. 12, 2017 — The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services joins many local, state and federal organizations in recognizing September as National Recovery Month.

The goal of National Recovery Month, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is to celebrate individuals in recovery and increase awareness and understanding of substance use disorders.

“National Recovery Month is important because it increases visibility, awareness and understanding of recovery in our communities while helping to eliminate the stigma associated with substance use disorders,” said Jason Vogler, Senior Director of the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services (DMH/DD/SAS).

There are multiple pathways to recovery, including treatment that enables those with a substance use disorder to live healthy, thriving, rewarding lives. People in all social and economic classes throughout North Carolina and the U.S. have overcome substance use disorders, showing that recovery is possible.

In North Carolina, Recovery Month is sponsored by DHHS, DMH/DD/SAS and a network of partner agencies holding events and rallies across the state. The month-long journey culminates with North Carolina Recovery Fest on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Grove Field on the Dorothea Dix Campus in Raleigh. The event is hosted by the Capital Area Rally for Recovery and sponsored by Recovery Communities of North Carolina. Everyone is welcome at this family-friendly event. For more information on Recovery Month events, visit recoverymonthnc.org.

Individuals suffering from substance use disorders can get help by contacting their Local Management Entities-Managed Care Organizations (LME/MCO) for assistance with treatment or recovery. 

Author: 
Dan Guy