My first thought was, “Shame on me,” for not posting Week One and Week Two of National Recovery Month. Then I thought again. After working on myself at countless Al-Anon and Life Recovery meetings, I have learned that Toxic Shame and Blame have no place in my life or the life of any person struggling to overcome the pain of the past.

Thankfully, SAMSHSA Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration reminds us of National Recovery Month (Recovery Month), which started in 1989, is a national observance held every September to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the nation’s strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and communities who make recovery in all its forms possible.

SAMHSA aims to increase public awareness surrounding mental health and addiction recovery. In the years since Recovery Month launched, SAMHSA has timed announcements of initiatives and grant funding during Recovery Month, while collaborating with private and public entities to celebrate individuals during their long-term recoveries.

National Recovery Month 2023 | SAMHSA