Recovery Month 2016 Roundup

2015 NSDUH Report on Substance Use and Mental Illness in America Recovery Month Press Conference in Washington, DC

Every year Recovery Month is celebrated to recognize that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people recover. Recovery Month also marks the annual release of the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Here are some highlights…

Recovery Month

Recovery Month is celebrated by communities and organizations throughout the United States and even internationally. September 2016 was the 27th year of the annual observance and included more than 200 federal, state, local governments, as well as other organizations and treatment providers. Rallies, concerts, walks/runs, teen challenges, town hall meetings, Twitter chats, candlelight vigils, carnivals, and other celebrations took place in states and communities throughout the country to promoted prevention and recovery. Many individuals shared their stories of recovery on the Recovery Month website.

In preparation for Recovery Month, SAMHSA produced the “Building Family Resiliency: Supporting Recovery” video that explores the relationships that are protective and promote recovery and ways to strengthen health, home, purpose, and community.

Although the annual observance of recovery takes place in September, SAMHSA highlights recovery year-round. Earlier this year, the Road to Recovery Television and Radio Series launched monthly broadcasts that look at the prevention and treatment of substance misuse.

2015 NSDUH Data

Timed as part of the Recovery Month celebration, SAMHSA also held a press conference to release data from SAMHSA’s 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) that identifies changes in substance misuse and mental health. The scientific survey of approximately 67,000 people aged 12 and older provides information on the prevalence and nature of substance use and depression in the United States. Findings this year included a decrease in both alcohol and cigarette use by youth. Following are some data highlights.


Alcohol and Tobacco Use by Youth has Decreased


Too Many are Without Treatment


More Youth Experience Major Depressive Episodes


Images from the Recovery Month Press Conference

  • Recovery Month Press Conference – The Release of the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health
  • Kimberly A. Johnson, Ph.D., Director of SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment
  • SAMHSA Principal Deputy Administrator Kana Enomoto
  • Michael Botticelli, Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy
  • Paolo del Vecchio, Director, SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services
  • Press Conference Audience Learning the 2015 NSDUH Data Results


Video of the Recovery Month Press Conference on September 7

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