Each September, thousands of treatment and recovery programs across the nation celebrate their successes and share them with their friends, neighbors, families, and colleagues in an effort to educate the public about recovery: how it works, for whom, and why. Millions of American lives have been transformed through recovery. These successes often go unnoticed by the broader population; thus Recovery Month provides a means with which to publicly celebrate these accomplishments. The 2011 Recovery Month observance hopes to educate the public on the positive changes that national health care reform can have on access to critical treatment and recovery services for substance use and treatment for behavioral health issues.

Encourage your local government officials to sign an official proclamation that designates September as Recovery Month. City governments encourage recovery by issuing proclamations designating Recovery Month. When local officials publicly sign such a statement, public attention is drawn to your Recovery Month events and activities, and the entire community can recognize that their governments are committed to improving citizens’ access to treatment programs for alcohol and drug use disorders. Proclamations can be issued by any level of government.

Materials produced for a Recovery Month observance include print, web, broadcast, and social media tools. These resources help local communities reach out and encourage individuals in need of services, along with families and friends, to seek treatment and recovery services and information.

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