2017 Road to Recovery Episodes

Learn more about the upcoming episodes that will highlight important issues related to recovery.

Broadcasters may receive Road to Recovery radio and television files by sending an email to recoverymonth@samhsa.hhs.gov or calling 240-276-2892.

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April 2017: Collegiate Recovery: Back to the Dorm

Air Date: April 5, 2017

At institutions of higher learning across the nation, many individuals are dedicated to generating a new wave of campus-driven recovery supports for students.  They are part of a movement that has been growing since the late 1970s and continues to respond to the significant behavioral health conditions that can arise before or during the college years.  For example, half of all lifetime mental disorders start by the mid-teen years. Only one third of young adults aged 18 to 25 with any mental illness received mental health services in 2014. Additionally, binge drinking on college campuses is common, with approximately 40 percent of students engaging in this behavior during the past month in 2013. Panelists will discuss collegiate recovery in diverse higher education settings and ways to support students who are initiating or maintaining recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders.  The show will also explore housing and other types of supports amongst institutions of higher learning nationwide, including specific policies and programs, and organizational efforts to expand this model across the country.

May 2017: Providing Treatment and Recovery Support in Rural and Frontier Communities

Air Date: May 3, 2017

About 46.2 million people in the United States (14 percent of the population) lived in non-metropolitan (rural) communities in 2015. The nation’s rural and frontier communities face some challenges when addressing behavioral health conditions and gaining access to treatment and recovery services—including an insufficient number of specialist providers and models of care that may not consider rural-specific issues (e.g., geographical distance or the need for transportation). However, these communities have developed and applied creative approaches—especially telehealth technologies and innovative methods of service delivery—to provide access to treatment and recovery supports for residents of rural and frontier communities.  Panelists will discuss the particular issues in addressing the behavioral health needs that are relevant for these communities, share innovative approaches to addressing them in remote areas, and review the challenges faced when attempting to reduce the treatment gap for rural and frontier residents.  They will also address the special considerations of Native American/American Indian communities living in rural areas.

June 2017: Community Health Centers and First Responders: Strengthening Communities through Education

Air Date: June 7, 2017

Community Health Centers (CHCs) and first responders provide a vital and necessary role in addressing the critical behavioral health needs of communities—including the current opioid overdose epidemic.  CHCs provide vital primary care and preventive services regardless of ability to pay.  These facilities serve approximately 1 in 14 people (1 in 10 children) in the United States. CHCs provide services for mental and/or substance use disorders (e.g., counseling, developmental screenings, crisis services, and detoxification) that are critical for helping people on a path to recovery. This show will discuss the essential work of the nation’s more than 10 million first responders—including police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical technicians, and other emergency personnel—in dealing with opioid overdoses, traumatic situations (e.g., natural and other disasters), and individuals in crisis. Providing first responders (and others) with the opioid overdose medication, naloxone, is a key aspect of federal actions to address the crisis.  This show will describe the training first responders need to approach individuals with a serious mental illness in crisis in an appropriate and safe manner.  We will also explore the benefits of interventions such as mental health first aid and psychological first aid, as well as the importance of self-care for first responders.

July 2017: Bringing Together Mental and Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Services

Air Date: July 5, 2017

Many efforts are underway to build a behavioral health system that enables Americans to find effective treatments and services in their communities for mental and/or substance use disorders. Historically, the mental health and substance use service systems have been separate, and not well coordinated.  Increased collaboration between the mental and substance use treatment systems is key to the improvement of services overall.  Panelists will discuss some of the challenges with integration at the federal, state, and local levels and discuss the benefits and successful outcomes when integration is embraced.  This show will explore the integrated mental and substance use disorder services and recovery models currently adopted in some states.  In addition, panelists will discuss the findings and recommendations of the 2016 Surgeon General’s report, Facing Addiction In America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health.

August 2017: Criminal Justice Reform: Implications for Services to Address Mental and/or Substance Use Disorders

Air Date: August 2, 2017

As part of criminal justice system reform, many people in prison for non-violent drug offences will be released early. Although some of these individuals may have received treatment while incarcerated, others may not have.  This show will discuss how communities are addressing prisoner re-entry, including the efforts of states and municipalities to establish programs to assist those in need of services for mental and/or substance use disorders.  Panelists will explore how communities can engage people in treatment and recovery programs when they re-enter society.  The discussion will cover the types of services needed to address behavioral health conditions and reduce recidivism among justice-involved individuals—as well as vital recovery supports for housing, education/training, and health.  This show will also discuss some effective practices that are in place in various communities to address the needs of prisoners re-entering their communities. 

September 2017: Recovery Among Diverse Populations

Air Date: September 6, 2017

“E pluribus unum” (“Out of many, one”) is more than the motto of the United States:  It is an essential part of the American experience.  The U.S. population is increasingly ethnically diverse—for example, Hispanics/Latinos now make up 16 percent of the population.  Racial diversity is also evident, with Whites (72 percent), African Americans (13 percent), Asian Americans (5 percent), American Indians and Alaska Natives (0.9 percent), Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (0.2 percent), people of more than one race (3 percent), and those from other groups (6 percent) making up the population. Recovery from mental and/or substance use disorders—a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential—share similarities for all on this journey, regardless of community or background.  For example, the major dimensions that support a life in recovery—health, home, purpose, and community—as well as the guiding principles are similar for everyone. However, the ways that recovery is sought, supported, and maintained are diverse and very much influenced by culture.  Panelists will discuss some of the different ways that people from diverse communities find their pathways to recovery and the various challenges they may face.  The show will also review resources for understanding different cultural perspectives about behavioral health conditions and those designed to enhance the cultural consciousness of providers and organizations.

November 2017: A Showcase of Events

Air Date: November 1, 2017

This episode will feature footage, photos, and interviews of participants from nationwide events as individuals, families, and entire communities celebrate National Recovery Month, including the 2017 kickoff news conference and National Recovery Month luncheon.  These community events are the cornerstone of National Recovery Month and involve educating, mentoring, and engaging others in supporting recovery.  In addition, the episode will highlight the positive and affirming message realized by millions of Americans:  Behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover.

March 2017: Kickoff Show

Air Date: March 1, 2017

Experience the many successes of the 2016 National Recovery Month observance, and start preparing for the 2017 celebration in your community. The National Recovery Month theme for 2017 is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities!” In 2017, we will encourage communities across the nation to include people and families in recovery and hear inspiring stories of how they have been welcomed in and contributed to their communities.

Last Updated: 04/19/2017