National Recovery Month -September 2015


Twenty-Sixth Annual National Recovery Month


1This September is the 26th annual celebration of National Recovery Month, an observance recognizing that:

  • behavioral health is essential to overall health,
  • prevention works,
  • treatment is effective and
  • people can and do recover from mental and/or substance use disorders.

This year's theme, "Join the Voices for Recovery: Visible, Vocal, Valuable," highlights opportunities for recovery education, support and celebration and focuses on ways the recovery community can connect with four target audiences, each playing distinct and important roles in helping others or themselves find a path of recovery: high school students, college students, family supports and recovery peers. To read the Governor's Proclamation, naming September as National Recovery Month, click here.

In 2015, National Recovery Month will encourage communities to be:

  • visible by knowing the prevalence of mental and/or substance use disorders and that support systems make a difference,
  • vocal by noticing warning signs and symptoms and connecting those in need to treatment services, and
  • valuable by raising awareness of the resources available to help, including treatment and recovery support services.

Events will occur in local communities and online throughout the state and country. More information on events is available at and SAMSHA National Recovery Month's social networking pages:

Additional mental health, substance abuse and addictive disorder services are available through the local human service districts and authorities. Contact information for each are available at the links below.

Visit  Louisiana Department of Health's, Office of Behavioral HealthHealthy Louisiana or call 1-888-342-6207 to receive more information about Louisiana's treatment services. You can get information from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration by calling (877) SAMHSA-7 (726-4727) or (800) 487-4889 (TDD) or by visiting 



SAMHSA Helpline




SAMHSA's National Helpline
(800) 662-HELP (4357) or (800) 487-4889 (TDD)

SAMHSA's hotline provides 24-hour, free and confidential information about mental and/or substance use disorders and prevention, treatment and recovery referrals in English or Spanish.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-TALK (8255)

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides a free, 24-hour counseling available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

SAMHSA's Website
SAMHSA's website contains information about treatment options and special services located in your area. 

The Recovery Month website, contains all the materials from this toolkit and a wide variety of relevant resources.

Louisiana Hotlines: Alcohol/Drug Helpline: (877) 664-2248
Compulsive Gambling: (877) 770-7867
Mental Health Contact: Call 9-1-1 for immediate medical emergencies, or 2-1-1 for non-emergencies

1SAMSA 2015 Recovery Month Toolkit, Retrieved August 5, 2015,