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DDAP Heads Up 2018 Statewide Observance

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.

The 2018 theme explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders.

The observance will work to highlight inspiring stories to help people from all walks of life find the path to hope, health, and wellness.

There are millions of Americans whose lives have been transformed through recovery and these successes often go unnoticed by the broader population. Now in its 29th year, Recovery Month highlights the achievements of individuals who have reclaimed their lives in long-term recovery and honors the treatment and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month also promotes the message that recovery in all of its forms is possible and encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.



prevention works. treatment is effective. people recover.

We want to hear your story of recovery from drug and alcohol addictions and disordersRECOVERBRACELET.jpg

You may want to submit – or encourage others to submit – a personal recovery story to share to encourage others in their recovery journey. We’ve received several and plan to post them soon on the DDAP website.

“We invite people to send us their stories of recovery to share with others,” said Jennifer Smith, acting secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP). “We want to celebrate all those living in long-term recovery, and encourage those considering or receiving treatment to think about the bright future ahead in a life free of substance misuse.”

A story could include information about your treatment and recovery journey and advice that could be helpful to others. You can also upload a photo or other image. These stories may be included on the DDAP website and social media. Posted stories will not contain identifying information. Some individuals may be asked to share their stories in upcoming events.