sunlit roadNational Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to increase awareness that mental health services and substance use treatment can enable those with a mental and/or substance use condition to live a healthy, productive and rewarding life and become a contributing member of our community and society.

Not only does the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health wholeheartedly embrace these convictions, but through our grantmaking and advocacy, we are ensuring that these convictions gain a secure foothold in the Texas mental health and health care landscape.

Here is the evidence: there are millions of people whose lives have been transformed through recovery. Contributing to the recovery movement are the advances of psychosocial treatments, evidenced based practices, innovations such as integrated health care, peer and recovery supports, and improved psychopharmacological interventions. But the main driver is people: people who begin their journey of recovery, families that support their loved ones, and communities who embrace that recovery is possible.

The main take-away is this: behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has a webpage dedicated to National Recovery Month: http://www.recoverymonth.gov/home.

Spread the word and let’s celebrate National Recovery Month together! Recovery happens! Recovery is possible!