National Recovery Month

September 20, 2017

Supporting Recovery is Important

The prevalence of mental and substance use disorders continues to have a significant impact on communities across the United States. In 2015, approximately 20.8 million people aged 12 or older were classified as having a substance use disorder.1 Among adults aged 18 or older, 43.4 million (17.9 % of adults) had any mental illness in the past year.2 Despite the high prevalence of these conditions, most Americans believe that recovery from a mental illness3 or a substance use disorder is possible.4                                           

In fact, the right support system can help ensure that those in need are addressing the following four key aspects of recovery:5

  • Health: Learning to overcome or manage a condition(s) or symptom(s)—and make informed, healthy choices that support physical and emotional well-being;
     
  • Home: Having a stable and safe place to live;
     
  • Purpose: Participating in meaningful daily activities, such as a job, school, volunteer opportunities, family caretaking, or creative endeavors; and having the independence, income, and resources to participate in society; and
     
  • Community: Maintaining relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship, love, and hope.               

You can call 1-800-704-0800 for mental health services or 1-800-488-9919 for substance use services or visit www.sccbhd.org for more information.                                                 

  1. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2016). Behavioral Health Trends in the United States: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, NSDUH Series H-50, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 15-4927. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, p. 21. Web. 23 Sep. 2016.
     
  2. Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2016). Behavioral Health Trends in the United States: Results from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, NSDUH Series H-50, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 15-4927. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, p. 2.
     
  3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2006). National Mental Health Anti- Stigma Campaign: What a Difference a Friend Makes (SMA07-4257), p. 2. Retrieved from https://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA07-4257/SMA07-4257.pdf.
  4. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2008). Summary report CARAVAN® survey for SAMHSA on addictions and recovery. Rockville, MD: Office of Communications, SAMHSA.
     
  5. SAMHSA Blog. (2012). SAMHSA’s Working De nition of Recovery Updated. Retrieved from https://blog.samhsa.gov/2012/03/23/defintion-of- recovery-updated/.

 

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