September is National Recovery Month

The image reads "September is National Recovery Month" in dark purple in front of a textured white background. The left side of the image includes a dark purple "remembrance" ribbon with a white CNY Diocese cross (outline in purple) superimposed over it. Dark purple is the color for Recovery Month.The statistics around addiction and mental health issues are staggering. In 2021, the year of the most recent Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health, almost one in three adults “had either a substance use disorder or any mental illness,” and for young adults from ages 18 to 25, that statistic jumped to nearly one in two. Apart from substance abuse, we know that addiction as a disease can manifest in a number of different ways and behaviors, such as gambling or dysregulated eating. Whether you know it or not, you know and love people who are living with addiction or who are in recovery.

September is National Recovery Month, offering us a chance to honor as holy the work of recovery, healing and reconciliation. SAMHSA reminds us that, “With the right treatment, support, and resources, recovery is possible for everyone.” And as members of the Episcopal branch of the Jesus Movement, we know that the “liberating, lifegiving love of God” is broader and deeper than we could imagine and certainly encompasses the liberating work of overcoming addictive diseases.

Four animated characters holding a banner that reads, “Recovery is possible for everyone!” A logo in the bottom right corner reads, “National Recovery Month. Hope is Real. Recovery is Real.”Each week all month long, we’ll be sharing resources with you to use in your parishes and communities so that you’re able to remind people in the throes of addiction that hope is not lost and able to better support people who are in recovery. The stigmatization of addiction is certainly a major factor in preventing people from seeking help. By sharing these resources openly and encouraging ongoing conversations about recovery and healing, we can help to break down stigmas, joining in the liberating and lifegiving love and work of God.

Here are some resources to get you started:

We’ll continue to share resources all month long through email and on our social media pages, following a pattern of emphases developed by SAMHSA. Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • Week 1 (September 4 – 10): This week we highlight supporting youth and young people in recovery and the crucial role that families and caregivers play in supporting individuals who are already in recovery or are seeking to start their recovery journey.
  • Week 2 (September 11 – 17): This week’s focus is ensuring that people of color, youth, older adults, LGBTQI+, rural residents, veterans, and people with disabilities have equitable access to recovery resources.
  • Week 3 (September 18 – 24): Our focus this week is promoting a whole-person approach to wellness that addresses the social determinants of health in addition to physical and mental symptoms.
  • Week 4 (September 25 – 30): This week we highlight the importance of peer support and peer support services in guiding individuals, families, and caregivers through recovery.


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