September is National Recovery Month

Thursday, September 08, 2011 | 04:20am

 NASHVILLE – In recognition of Recovery Month, Tennessee Department of Mental Health Commissioner Doug Varney is asking Tennesseans to join him in honoring individuals who have or are currently seeking treatment and recovery services for substance use and mental disorders.


National Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of treatment for substance use and mental disorders, celebrates people in recovery, acknowledges the contributions of treatment providers, and promotes the message that recovery is possible. 

In its 22nd year, Recovery Month continues to raise awareness about the importance of prevention, treatment and recovery in improving the lives of millions of Americans affected by substance use and mental disorders.

This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Recovery Benefits Everyone,” which stresses the importance of educating policymakers, health care providers, employers and the general public about the role of treatment and recovery services. 

“Substance use and mental disorders are highly prevalent in our society and have serious effects on families and communities,” Varney said. “These disorders are real illnesses for which there are treatments and solutions. It is important to realize that people in recovery are able to live healthy, full and productive lives. 

National Recovery Month is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and seeks to better educate people about the recovery process. 

For more information about Recovery Month and upcoming events visit  For more information on substance use and mental disorders visit or call the Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug & other Addiction Services (TAADAS) Redline at 1-800-889-9789.

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