September is National Recovery Month

National Recovery Month, now in its 25th year, is a national observance that creates awareness that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a substance use or mental disorder to recover.

The main focus is to promote the positive stories of those in recovery from these conditions, just as we would those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma and heart disease.

Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover. Research shows that substance use and mental disorders are treatable, and people should seek assistance for these conditions, with the same urgency as they would any other health condition.

In 2009, 4.3 million people aged 12 or older received treatment for substance use disorders and 30.2 million adults aged 18 or older received services for mental health problems according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. We must continue to reach the millions more who need help.

Throughout September, take advantage of this opportunity to educate, inform, and take action.  And most importantly, celebrate and support the special people in your life who have overcome their challenges to achieve emotional wellness.

Aurora Behavioral Health Services offers complete mental health treatment options, provided by highly trained professionals in a caring, confidential manner to meet individual and family needs. If you or someone you know would benefit from addiction treatment or mental health services, please contact us at 877-666-7223 or visit our website.

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