In 2019, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) celebrates the 30th anniversary of National Recovery Month (Recovery Month), marking three decades of spreading the message that treatment is effective, and people can and do recover—every day. Through the years, Recovery Month has promoted and supported new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the strong and proud recovery community, and dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.
As part of the 30th anniversary, Recovery Month is introducing a new logo that signifies the true meaning and values of the Recovery Month observance. The new Recovery Month logo features an “r” symbol, representing r is for Recovery and the need to support the millions of individuals who are proudly living their lives in recovery, as well as their family members and loved ones.
Community members, event planners, recovery supporters, and others are encouraged to use the new logo to signify support for recovery, educate others, and spread awareness about the effectiveness of treatment and recovery. Your efforts can help reduce the stigma around the impact of mental and substance use disorders, and support individuals living in recovery.
The 2019 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger,” emphasizes the need to share resources and build networks across the country to support the many paths to recovery. It reminds us that mental and substance use disorders affect all of us and that we are all part of the solution. The Recovery Month observance will highlight inspiring stories to help thousands of people from all walks of life find the path to hope, health, and overall wellness.
During the 30th anniversary of Recovery Month, communities across the nation will reflect on their positive strides and their plans to make recovery support services more accessible so people can live meaningful and productive lives. Over the years, recovery-oriented organizations have also played an essential role in states, cities, towns, and neighborhoods to help countless people start and sustain their recovery.
In an effort to make connections with key audiences, the 2019 observance focuses on the healthcare community, youth and emerging leaders, first responders, and community members. The Recovery Month toolkit provides information, resources, and ideas on how to get involved. With your help, the millions of Americans affected by mental and substance use disorders, including co-occurring disorders, will be lifted up into a life in recovery; filled with hope, health, and personal growth.
FULL 2019 TOOLKIT (PDF | 1.1 MB)
Download the complete 2019 Recovery Month Toolkit. This document provides the full 2019 Recovery Month toolkit
DATA VISUALIZATIONS (PDF | 397 KB)
This document offers a visual snapshot of mental and substance use disorders (including co-occurring disorders) in the United States and their prevalence.
This section provides audience-specific information and data on the 2019 highlighted targeted audiences.
COMMUNITY MEMBERS (PDF | 194 KB)
This document explores the vital role that community members—such as family, neighbors, employers, educators, charitable organizations, and faith-based institutions—play in supporting the recovery of those experiencing mental and substance use disorders.
FIRST RESPONDERS (PDF | 202 KB)
This document highlights how first responders act as a first line of defense and facilitate lifesaving services for those with mental and substance use disorders – and gives guidance on how we can support them in doing so.
HEALTHCARE COMMUNITY (PDF | 217 KB)
This document explains the various ways the healthcare community can make long-term, sustained recovery a reality and promote the overall well-being of those with mental and substance use disorders and their loved ones.
YOUTH AND EMERGING LEADERS (PDF | 217 KB)
This document shines a light on the key contributions youth and emerging leaders (ages 12 to 25) have to the recovery movement—as well as the unique needs and challenges presented by addressing mental and substance use disorders in this population.
TREATMENT AND RECOVERY SUPPORT SERVICES (PDF | 268 KB)
This document provides a list of national and local resources, including toll-free numbers that can connect you to prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.
View other helpful promotional documents including Events and Media Outreach and Common Mental Disorders and Misused Substances.
EVENTS AND MEDIA OUTREACH
These documents will help guide your Recovery Month event planning process. Materials include tips and instructions to plan and publicize your Recovery Month events, as well as information on how to engage the media. This section offers various customizable media outreach templates and proclamations (available for individual download below).
- Sample Pitch Email (DOC | 416 KB)
- Sample Media Advisory (DOC | 416 KB)
- Sample Press Release (DOC | 416 KB)
- Sample Proclamation 1 (DOC | 416 KB)
- Sample Proclamation 2 (DOC | 416 KB)
COMMON MENTAL DISORDERS AND MISUSED SUBSTANCES
This document details a list of common mental illnesses and misused substances, as well as alternative names for each disorder or substance; signs, symptoms, and adverse health effects; additional information on prevalence; and the average age of first-time use of a substance.