substance abuse is a serious issue

Substance use negatively affects US industry through lost productivity, workplace accidents and injuries, employee absenteeism, low morale, and increased illness. US companies lose billions of dollars a year because of employees' alcohol and drug use and related problems.  You, as an employer, can make your employees aware of resources in your EAP (employee assistance program) to help them escape their addictions.  See here for more workplace resources and support ideas.

National Recovery Month Media Fact Sheet


What is National Recovery Month?

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is an annual observance celebrated every September since 1989. In September, and throughout the year, Recovery Month spreads the message that –

  • Behavioral health is essential to health.
  • Prevention works.

Refer to the Recovery Month website,, for additional information on the initiative.

Who sponsors Recovery Month?

Recovery Month is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. SAMHSA collaborates with nearly 250 Recovery Month Planning Partner organizations who represent local, state, and national organizations dedicated to prevention, treatment, and recovery.

What is this year’s Recovery Month theme?

This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities,” encourages communities to be socially inclusive, offering those in need of recovery support the chance to seek help, lend a hand, and contribute to their community as citizens, parents, employees, students, volunteers, and leaders. Communities can improve the lives of those in recovery by extending opportunities for meaningful daily activities, such as jobs, school, volunteerism, family caretaking, or creative endeavors. Local communities can play a significant role in supporting those in recovery as they gain the independence, income, and resources necessary to fully participate in society.

What events occur during Recovery Month?

Every September—and throughout the year—hundreds of events occur to celebrate Recovery Month. These events, ranging from recovery walks and rallies to online web chats and group barbeques, encourage the following audiences to address the continued need for prevention, treatment, and recovery support services.

  • Active military and veterans
  • Civic leaders
  • Communities
  • College-aged students
  • Educators
  • Employers
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Faith leaders
  • First responders
  • Friends and family members
  • High school-aged students
  • Justice system personnel
  • Policymakers
  • Prevention, treatment, and recovery organizations
  • Peer recovery
  • Recovery community
  • Social service organizations
  • Youth and young adults

Where can people find treatment for mental and/or substance use disorders?

Many treatment options exist. SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatments and Services webpage,, helps people find mental and substance use disorder treatment facilities and
programs across the country. SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or 1-800-487-4889
(TDD), provides 24-hour, free, and confidential information about mental and substance use disorders,
and prevention, treatment, and recovery referrals in English and Spanish.


Workplace Resources

Visit SAMHSA's website drug-free workplace resources.

Check out these fact sheets for preventing prescription drug abuse in the workplace.


Resources for National Recovery Month are available from:


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 
1 Choke Cherry Road
Rockville, MD 20857 
(877) SAMHSA-7 (726-4727)
(800) 487-4889 TDD

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