Twenty-Eighth Annual National Recovery Month


1This September is the 28th annual celebration of National Recovery Month (NRM), an observance that spreads the positive message behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. NRM promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders, celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service providers, and promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. 

This year's theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities” highlights the value of peer support by educating, mentoring, and helping others. It invites individuals in recovery and their support systems to be change agents in communities, and in civic and advocacy engagements. To read the Governor's Proclamation, naming September as National Recovery Month, click here

To help raise awareness of this epidemic and to help educate young people on the dangers of addiction, the FBI and DEA have released the documentary Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict (22 minutes in length), a compilation of heart-wrenching first-person accounts by addicts and family members of addicts about their experiences. Please click the image below to view the documentary.

In 2017, National Recovery Month will encourage communities to be:

  • visible by knowing the prevalence of mental and/or substance use disorders and that support systems make a difference,
  • vocal by noticing warning signs and symptoms and connecting those in need to treatment services, and
  • valuable by raising awareness of the resources available to help, including treatment and recovery support services.

Events will occur in local communities and online throughout the state and country. More information on events is available at and SAMSHA National Recovery Month's social networking pages:

Additional mental health, substance abuse and addictive disorder services are available through the local human service districts and authorities. Contact information for each are available at the links below.

In addition, two commercials were developed by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) at the National level, in observance of Recovery Month. SAMHSA is encouraging states to utilize their commercial as a tool to support recovery. The commercials, entitled "Drum Beats On" and "Garden" are available in English and Spanish here:


Visit  Louisiana Department of Health's, Office of Behavioral HealthHealthy Louisiana or call 1-855-229-6848 to receive more information about Louisiana's treatment services. You can get information from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration by calling (877) SAMHSA-7 (726-4727) or (800) 487-4889 (TDD) or by visiting 



SAMHSA Helpline




SAMHSA's National Helpline
(800) 662-HELP (4357) or (800) 487-4889 (TDD)

SAMHSA's hotline provides 24-hour, free and confidential information about mental and/or substance use disorders and prevention, treatment and recovery referrals in English or Spanish.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-TALK (8255)

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides a free, 24-hour counseling available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

SAMHSA's Website
SAMHSA's website contains information about treatment options and special services located in your area. 

SAMHSA's Recovery and Recovery Support Webpage
Recovery-oriented care and recovery support systems help people with mental and/or substance use disorders manage their conditions successfully.

The Recovery Month website, contains all the materials from this toolkit and a wide variety of relevant resources.

Louisiana Hotlines: Alcohol/Drug Helpline: (877) 664-2248
Compulsive Gambling: (877) 770-7867 [or text "nobet" to 66746. Visit Live chatting at]
Mental Health Contact: Call 9-1-1 for immediate medical emergencies, or 2-1-1 for non-emergencies

1SAMSA 2017 Recovery Month Toolkit,