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September is National Recovery Month

This yearly observance celebrates the fact that mental health and substance use disorders are treatable conditions from which many people recover. The message is that treatment works and people can and do recover. Did you know that according to a recent study, one in three people has difficulty coping at work due to depression, stress, or burn out (Depression Alliance, 2014)? Nearly one in four adults in the U.S. experienced some type of diagnosable mental illness in a year (NIMH, 2013). In Massachusetts alone, nearly 278,000 residents live with serious mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Did you also know that in 2012, 8.5% of the U.S. population was classified as having a substance use disorder (NSDUH, 2012)? In Massachusetts in the same year there were over 105,000 admissions to substance abuse treatment programs, with alcohol and heroin as the most common primary drugs of abuse (BSAS, 2012).

The theme for this year’s Recovery Month is “Join the Voices for Recovery:  Speak Up, Reach Out”. The month’s sponsor, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), seeks to encourage people to talk about their experience with mental health and substance use disorders and the reality of their recovery.

For more information on Recovery Month, please go to:


The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

The National Alliance on Mental Illness – Massachusetts

For Massachusetts Recovery Month Events


For more information or to discuss addiction concerns please contact Partners Employee Assistance Program at 1-866-724-4EAP.

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This content was last modified on: 08/27/2014

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