About Recovery Month
Recovery Month is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).Created in October 1992 by a Congressional mandate, SAMHSA provides national leadership in the Federal government's effort to improve the lives of individuals and their families affected by mental and substance use disorders. Over the years, SAMHSA has demonstrated that - prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover from mental and substance use disorders. SAMHSA works to improve access to clinically sound, cost-effective mental and substance use disorders treatment to reduce the health and social cost to our communities and the Nation. Such factors as inadequate capacity, limited public and private health insurance benefits, and discrimination have contributed to the gap between the number of people who need treatment and the number who receive it.
SAMHSA works cooperatively with a myriad of public and private treatment and service organizations and related entities to identify, develop, and support approaches and programs that expand and enhance prevention and treatment services. As a part of those efforts, SAMHSA produces a number of publications that provide technical assistance to providers seeking to deliver the most effective prevention and treatment services to their clients. SAMHSA also aims to assist the public with localized efforts to promote treatment effectiveness and encourage communities to invest in both prevention and treatment services.