Why the 30th Annual National Recovery Month Matters

Here at OneEighty, we are big supporters of National Recovery Month, a nationwide effort held each September to raise awareness of addiction recovery and celebrate those who have been able to escape the vicious cycle of substance abuse. This year marks the 30th anniversary of this important advocacy effort.

What is Recovery Month?

Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Recovery Month is largely focused on education. The perils of addiction are increasingly well-documented. Despite this, many are unaware of the treatment services that enable those struggling with addiction or mental health disorders to recover.

Recovery Month aims to eliminate stigmas and misconceptions regarding addiction recovery, using public service announcements and special events to spread this important message. What started as Treatment Works! Month in 1989 to celebrate addiction treatment professionals, has now grown into a nationwide effort showing that recovery is possible.

How You Can Help

There are many ways you can help others learn more about the recovery options that are available or gain access to these services. The Recovery Month website has several PSAs that you can share with friends or family on social media. You could also volunteer here at OneEighty to help us provide our services to the community or join one of our affiliate groups.

Every contribution can make a difference in the life of someone struggling with addiction. Recovery can happen!


Despite being in its 30th year, National Recovery Month is still a relatively lesser-known advocacy effort. We hope that you can join all of us at OneEighty in spreading the word about this important commemoration so that we can spread healing in our community.