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National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month

"Recovery from alcohol and drug problems is a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness and quality of life." National Summit on Recovery (SAMHSA 2005)

In the United States, it is estimated that 23.1 million people suffer from addiction to alcohol and drugs. This not only impacts these individuals, but also their families, friends, and coworkers. Fortunately, the millions of Americans who are in recovery serve as the most compelling evidence that there is hope for people struggling with addiction. Individuals in recovery not only stop using substances, they reestablish friendships and family ties, become productive and responsible citizens, and very often help other addicted people begin to walk the same path.

Each September, National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month) promotes recovery and serves as a reminder that recovery is possible. Events held throughout Recovery Month are important opportunities to celebrate recovery, not just for recovering people, but also for those who love them. These events also work to change attitudes about addiction throughout the Nation. On this webpage you will find a variety of information on Recovery Month, recovery-related programs and grants, recovery research, and an extensive list of recovery partners.

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Presidential Proclamation

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Access To Recovery

According to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health, over 20 million people need but do not receive treatment for illicit drug or alcohol use. To help close this treatment gap, the Federal government implemented an ambitious program to increase the availability of treatment services in the United States and help free drug addicts from addiction.

Launched in 2003, the Access to Recovery (ATR) program provides vouchers for treatment services as well as recovery support services. The goals of ATR are to expand capacity, support client choice, and increase the array of faith-based and community-based providers for clinical treatment and recovery services. In doing so, clients can choose a treatment program best suited to meet their unique needs. More

Recovery Community Services Program (RCSP)

The Recovery Community Services Program (RCSP) is a grant program of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (SAMHSA-CSAT). In RCSP grant projects, peer-to-peer recovery support services are provided to help people initiate and/or sustain recovery from alcohol and drug use disorders. Some RCSP grant projects also offer support to family members of people needing, seeking, or in recovery. More

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is awarding up to $6.8 million over the next four years in grants to provide support for peer-to-peer recovery support services that help prevent relapse and promote sustained recovery from alcohol and drug use disorders. More

Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC)

The Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) program helps communities with serious drug problems address gaps in treatment and recovery capacity. Resources help expand the community's ability to provide integrated and comprehensive community-based responses that will expand and/or enhance substance abuse services and promote recovery. Recovery-oriented systems of care (ROSCs) support approaches to care that build on the personal responsibility, strengths, and resilience of individuals, families, and communities to achieve sustained health, wellness, and recovery from alcohol and drug problems. ROSCs offer a comprehensive menu of services and supports that can be combined and readily adjusted to meet the individual's needs and chosen pathway to recovery.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) Publications

Conference Report of the 2005 National Summit on Recovery

Financing Recovery Support Services: Review and Analysis of Funding Recovery Support Services and Policy Recommendations

Know Your Rights: Rights for Individuals on Medication-Assisted Treatment

Report to Congress: Addictions Treatment Workforce Development

Addiction Technology Transfer Centers (ATTCs)
As a nationwide, multidisciplinary resource for professionals in the addictions treatment and recovery services field, the ATTC Network serves to: Raise awareness of evidence-based and promising treatment and recovery practices; Build skills to prepare the workforce to deliver state-of-the-art addictions treatment and recovery services; and Change practice by incorporating these new skills into everyday use for the purpose of improving addictions treatment and recovery outcomes. More

The Recovery Revolution: Will it include children, adolescents, and transition age youth?
A publication by the national recovery advocacy organization, Faces and Voices of Recovery.

Recovery in Schools

Substance use disorders typically begin during adolescence. In the United States, an estimated 1.64 million people ages 12 to 18 years used an illicit drug for the first time in 2008; this averages 4,504 initiates per day. School aged-youth who develop a substance use disorder need developmentally-appropriate interventions and supports to transition into drug-free adults. For this population, schools can play a critical role in facilitating recovery and several models exist.

Recovery schools are specialty schools that educate high school and college students in an atmosphere that supports students' recovery. The Association of Recovery Schools works to promote recovery schools and exists to support such schools which, as components of the recovery continuum of care, enroll students committed to being abstinent from alcohol and other drugs and working a program of recovery. More

Recovery Partners

Since 2003, ONDCP has been an active member of SAMHSA's Partners for Recovery committed to improve the field of addiction treatment and recovery. Focusing on five key areas—recovery, cross-systems collaboration, stigma reduction, workforce development, and leadership development—the Partners work collectively promote effective programs and policies in support of recovery.

An extensive list of organizations and partners involved in planning National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month) activities in conjunction with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment can be found here.

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