Recovery Month is a time for us to raise our voices for recovery, deepen our understanding of it and celebrate the incredible gains made by so many across the country.
With its tagline, “Recovery is For Everyone: Every Person. Every Family. Every Community.” Recovery Month reminds us that no one is alone on their recovery journey. We are all in this together.
To help you recognize this important observance – and bring awareness to all-things recovery – we compiled a variety of tools, resources and learning opportunities.
About Recovery Month
National Council Resources
Take advantage of our tools and learning opportunities:
- Download our graphic and sample social media messaging to help build awareness.
- Join a National Council Interest Group to advance recovery in select populations.
- Take a free online course to learn how to have meaningful conversations with youth about substance use.
- Explore our trauma-informed, resilience-oriented care (TIROC) trainings and screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment (SBIRT) consulting opportunities.
- Access our substance use prevention resources.
- Discover how you can #BeTheDifference with Mental Health First Aid.
- Watch our Mental Health First Aid PSA video on opioid use.
- Learn how to become a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) so you can put more people on the path to recovery.
- View “3 Years Later: Rebekkah’s Recovery Story” from the TRUTH initiative
Download our guidelines and publications:
- Getting Candid: Framing the Conversation Around Youth Substance Use Prevention
- Implementing Care for Alcohol & Other Drug Use in Medical Settings: An Extension of SBIRT
- Trauma-informed, Recovery-oriented Systems of Care Toolkit
- Supporting Telehealth and Technology-assisted Services for People Who Use Drugs: A Resource Guide
- Training and Educating Public Safety to Prevent Overdose Among BIPOC Communities: An Environmental Scan
- COVID-19 Pandemic Impact on Harm Reduction Services: An Environmental Scan
- Building Recovery: State Policy Guide for Supporting Recovery Housing
- Demonstrating the Value of Recovery Housing: Technical Expert Panel Findings
- Helping Recovery Residences Adapt to Support People with Medication-assisted Recovery
- MAT for Opioid Use Disorder in Jails and Prisons: A Planning and Implementation Toolkit
- Overdose Prevention and Response in Community Corrections
- An Overview of Deflection and Pre-arrest Diversion to Prevent Opioid Overdose
- Tools for Overdose Prevention
- Guide to Long-acting Medications
- Addressing Opioid Use Disorder in Emergency Departments: Expert Panel Findings
- Guidance on Handling the Increasing Prevalence of Drugs Adulterated or Laced with Fentanyl
View our webinar recordings and presentations:
- Youth Substance Use Prevention
- Federal Solutions to Overcome the Nation’s Overdose Crisis
- Overlooked: Mental Health & Substance Use Among LGBTQ+ Communities
- Integrating Peer Recovery Supports within Medical and Community Treatment Settings
- Establishing Peer Support Services for Overdose Response: Strategies from the Field
- Addressing OUD in BIPOC Communities: Treatment/Recovery for African American Communities
- Addressing OUD: Treatment and Recovery for Hispanic/Latino Populations
- Addressing OUD: Treatment and Recovery for Native American Populations
- Evolving Peer Support: Recovery Coaching, Whole Health and System Integration
- Substance Use Treatment: Creating a Recovery Culture in Integrated Care
Mental Health First Aid Resources
Read our blog posts:
- Alcohol Use Disorder is Not a Choice
- Signs of Heroin Use – A Guide for Loved Ones
- How to Talk to Your Teen About Tobacco Use
- You Can Support Someone’s Journey to Recovery
- National Prevention Week: A Resource Guide
- How and Why to Practice Self-care
- Trauma and PTSD: What Are They and How Can I Help?
- The Importance of Early Intervention for People Facing Mental Health Challenges
- Black Mental Health Matters: A Resource Guide
- Bipolar Disorder: How to Help with Mental Health First Aid
- Thinking About Professional Help? Here’s Where to Start
Suicide Prevention and Crisis Resources
- If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call or text 988 immediately.
- If you are uncomfortable texting or talking by phone, chat with the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988lifeline.org. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the U.S.
- Learn more by reading 988 FAQs.
Here is some additional information on suicide and prevention:
- Suicide Prevention and Management
- Psychiatric Leadership in Crisis Systems
- Connecting the Dots: Aligning Cross-sector Approaches to Reduce Adolescent Substance Use Disorder and Suicide – Convening Summary
- Mental Health 101: Video 3 – Understanding Suicide
Learn more about the ongoing implementation of the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline:
- Visit SAMHSA’s 988 webpage for more information and resources.
- Download SAMHSA’s 988 partner toolkit to help you make a mark.
- View NASMHPD’s 988 playbook for mental health and substance use care providers.
- Use this policy tracker to see if your state has passed legislation related to 988.
- Send a message to Congress to help ensure organizations are set up for success.
- Explore 988 key messages and points of contact around 988.
- Roadmap to the Ideal Crisis System outlines the plan for making 988 a successful reality.
- 988 and Mobile Crisis Response with the CCBHC Model teaches ways to streamline mental health and substance use services.
- Fulfilling the Promise of 988 supports building the substance use, mental health and suicide prevention continuum.
- Implementing the Vision for 988, a National Council Conversation, discusses making 988 a reality.
- Fulfilling the Promise of 988, a blog post, provides resources for the crisis care continuum.