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SAMHSA News Bulletin

Date: 8/14/2008
Media Contact: SAMHSA Press Office
Telephone: 240-276-2130

Recovery Month Planning Materials Available Online

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announces the availability of the National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month Planning Kit, to be used as part of the 19th annual Recovery Month observance in September.  Recovery Month spotlights the need for alcohol and drug abuse treatment and recovery, and honors both those in recovery, as well as  treatment providers.  The 2008 Recovery Month theme is “Join the Voices of Recovery:  Real People, Real Recovery.”

The materials for this year’s Recovery Month observance include radio and television PSAs in both English and Spanish, print, multimedia, and web-based materials.  Broadcasters are invited to request copies of the PSAs, which are available in a variety of broadcast-quality formats.  The PSAs are also available in open-ended formats, so they can be tailored for organizations and communities to localize the contact information.  These materials were developed by more than 75 organizations and coalitions within and outside the alcohol and drug addiction treatment field. 

The Recovery Month kit has been distributed to 75,000 individuals and organizations throughout the country.  The Recovery Month kit contains information on each of the target audiences identified by the national planning groups; a full section on materials that can be adapted by each participating community; and multiple lists of alcohol and drug addiction treatment agencies and program resources.  In 2007, over 750 events were held in local communities throughout the country in observance of Recovery Month.

All Recovery Month materials are available through the Recovery Month Web site at  The kit is downloadable at

SAMHSA is a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency is responsible for improving the accountability, capacity and effectiveness of the nation's substance abuse prevention, addictions treatment, and mental health services delivery system.

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