Join The Voices For Recovery

The Reality

In 2011,

Prevention

Half of all lifetime cases of Mental and Substance use disorders begin at age 14; three out of four by age 243.

The first symptoms typically precede a mental and/or substance use disorder by two to four years,4 offering a window of opportunity to intervene early and often.

Treatment

Of individuals with chronic dependence who achieved sustained recovery, the majority did so after participating in treatment:5

Between 70% and 90% of individuals with mental illness experience a significant reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life with treatments and supports.6

Recovery

Approximately three out of four of American believe that recover is possible from substances such as alcohol, prescription drugs, and marijuana.7

Two out of three Americans believe that treatment and support can people with mental illnesses lead normal lives.8

Get Involved

1,405 Recovery Month events were held in 2012, reaching about 1.5 million people

Find Help

SAMHSA's National Helpline

1-800-662-HELP (4357)
1-800-487-4889 (TDD)

Provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance abuse disorders, prevention, treatment, and recovery in English and Spanish

For more information on Recovery Month and services available to people in need, please refer to http://www.recoverymonth.gov

Sources

  1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Findings, NSDUH Series H-45, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 12-4725. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2012, p. 1.
  2. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Summary of National Findings, NSDUH Series H-44, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 12-4713. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2012, p.6.
  3. The National Academics. (2009). Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders among Young People Progress and Possibilities. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from http://www.bocyf.org/prevention_policymakers_brief.pdf, p. 1
  4. The National Academics. (2009). Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders among Young People Progress and Possibilities. Retrieved September 7, 2012, from http://www.bocyf.org/prevention_policymakers_brief.pdf, p. 1
  5. Sheedy C.K., and Whittier M., Guiding Principles and Elements of Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care: What Do We Know From the Research? HHS Publication No. (SMA) 09-4439. Rockville, MD: Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2009, p. 15.
  6. National Action Alliance on Mental Illness. (n.d.). What is Mental Illness: Mental Illness Facts. Retrieved September 25, 2012, from http://www.nami.org/template.cfm?section=about_mental_illness.
  7. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (n.d). Americans Believe in Prevention and Recovery From Addiction. CARAVAN Fact Sheet. Retrieved August 30, 2012, from http://www.samhsa.gov/Attitudes/CARAVAN_Factsheet.pdf, p. 3.
  8. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2006). National Mental Health and Anti-Stigma Campaign: What a Difference and Friend Makes (SMA07-4257). Retrieved September 21, 2012, from http://www.samhsa.gov/MentalHealth/SMA07-4257.pdf, p. 3.