In 2019, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) celebrates the 30th anniversary of National Recovery Month. This marks three decades of spreading the message that treatment is effective, and people can and do recover—every day. Through the years, Recovery Month has promoted and supported new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the strong and proud recovery community, and dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible. The South Suburban Council is very proud to join in, promote and engage in this National Event.

As part of the 30th anniversary, Recovery Month is introducing a new logo that signifies the true meaning and values of the Recovery Month observance. The new Recovery Month logo features an “r” symbol, representing r is for Recovery and the need to support the millions of individuals who are proudly living their lives in recovery, as well as their family members and loved ones. Community members, event planners, recovery supporters, and others are encouraged to use the new logo to signify support for recovery, educate others and spread awareness about the effectiveness of treatment and recovery. Your efforts can help reduce the stigma around the impact of mental and substance use disorders, and support individuals living in recovery. The 2019 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger,” emphasizes the need to share resources and build networks across the country to support the many paths to recovery. It reminds us that mental and substance use disorders affect all of us and that we are all part of the solution. The Recovery Month observance will highlight inspiring stories to help thousands of people from all walks of life find the path to hope, health, and overall wellness. During the 30th anniversary of Recovery Month, communities across the nation will reflect on their positive strides and their plans to make recovery support services more accessible so people can live meaningful and productive lives. Over the years, recovery-oriented organizations have also played an essential role in states, cities, towns, and neighborhoods to help countless people start and sustain their recovery. In an effort to make connections with key audiences, the 2019 observance focuses on the healthcare community, youth and emerging leaders, first responders, and community members. With your help, the millions of Americans affected by mental and substance use disorders, including co-occurring disorders, will be lifted up into a life in recovery; filled with hope, health, and personal growth.

  • Community members looking to support their peers in recovery have many resources available to them. The following materials provide useful information for families, friends, and neighbors:

Alcoholics Anonymous
( Lists resources for those experiencing alcohol dependence; helps individuals find and join a local chapter.

American Public Health Association
( Discusses mental health as a topic area, offering an overview of the issue along with recommendations for improving access to care.

Faces and Voices of Recovery
( Serves as a leading national addiction recovery advocacy organization promoting policies that are grounded in science, compassion, and health.

Facing Addiction with NCADD
( Provides education on misperceptions surrounding addiction; recently merged with the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD).

Get Smart About Drugs
( Provides information about substance use from the Drug Enforcement Administration for parents, educators, and caregivers.
( Offers guidance for recognizing mental health issues and starting conversations with friends and family members, educators, and faith and community leaders, among others.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
( Provides education and advocacy programs for those affected by mental disorders, including a toll-free helpline for families in communities throughout the United States.

Narcotics Anonymous
( Lists resources for those experiencing substance use disorders; helps individuals find and join a local chapter.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
( Offers tools and training materials for community, school, and family interventions related to alcohol use and misuse.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Alcohol Treatment Navigator®
( Offers a comprehensive, easy-to-use strategy for finding evidence-based alcohol treatment services for an adult loved one.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
( Offers tools and training materials for community, school, and family interventions and other substance use programming.

NIDA Treatment Page
( Details a step-by-step guide on what to do if you or a loved one has a problem with drugs.

Recovery Research Institute
( Conducts research for the advancement of addiction treatment and recovery.

Rural Health Information Hub
( Contains resources on evidence-based substance use prevention programs in rural communities.

SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
( Provides a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for mental and substance use disorders.

SAMHSA’s Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
( Provides information and best practices on programs in mental health services, substance use prevention, and addiction treatment at the national, state, and local levels.

SAMHSA’s National Family Dialogue
( Connects families of young people with substance use disorders to resources and support.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline 1-800-662- HELP (4357) or 1-800-487-4889 (TDD): Provides a 24/7, 365-days-year information and treatment referral service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and substance use disorders.

Urban Mental Health Alliance
( Advocates for the mental health and wellness of urban families and communities.

  • First responders who are interested in supporting recovery have many resources. The following materials provide useful information and trainings for emergency response personnel:

Get Naloxone Now
( Contains interactive trainings on naloxone administration for professional first responders.

Harm Reduction Coalition
( Provides resources on naloxone distribution and partnering with law enforcement to advocate for individuals and communities affected by drugs.

Mental Health First Aid
( Lists training resources for supporting people with substance abuse and co occurring disorders.

National Council For Behavioral Health
( Details guidance on policy action, consulting, and best practices in behavioral health.

National Institute on Drug Abuse’s Brief on Naloxone for Opioid Overdose
( Includes information and resources for those who may use naloxone to combat opioid overdoses in their work.

National Training and Technical Assistance Center: Naloxone Toolkit
( Offers information and resources for law enforcement agencies to establish a naloxone program.

Office of National Drug Control Policy’s Fentanyl Safety Recommendations for First Responders
( Provides a fact sheet with evidence-based recommendations for frst responders when they encounter fentanyl during their daily activities.

Police-Mental Health Collaboration
( Offers a toolkit with resources for law enforcement agencies to partner with mental healthcare providers.

Police, Treatment, and Community Collaborative
( Serves as an alliance of practitioners in law enforcement, behavioral health, community, advocacy, research, and public policy, whose mission is to strategically widen community behavioral health and social service options available through law enforcement diversion.

Prescription Drug Abuse Policy System
( Contains information on policies to promote the safe use of controlled medications and reduce the impact of overdose.

SAMHSA’s Crisis Intervention Team Methods for Using Data to Inform Practice
( Helps local systems use data to implement Crisis Intervention Team programs that can improve the safety and effectiveness of law enforcement response to people experiencing crises related to mental or substance use disorders.

SAMHSA’s Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) Supplemental Research Bulletin for First Responders
( Explores protective factors and interventions to reduce behavioral health risk in first responders.

SAMHSA’s DTAC Training Courses
( Lists free online trainings designed to improve awareness and understanding of the behavioral effects of disasters and emergency response.

SAMHSA’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit
( Offers strategies to healthcare providers, communities, and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths.

Stop Overdose
( Contains information for both professionals and non-professionals on opioid use disorders and overdose, including police-directed resources.

Suicide Prevention Resource and Training Center
( Provides resources for training in preventing suicide and emergency response.

  • Members of the healthcare community who are interested in supporting recovery have many resources available to them. These include:

A Primer on Opioids: The Critical Role of Health Education in Preventing Addiction and Saving Lives
( The Society for Public Health Education’s fact sheet to promote understanding of the health education approach to the opioid epidemic.

American Academy of Family Physicians – Mental Health Clinical Recommendations & Guidelines
( Provides guidelines for family doctors on treating and preventing behavioral health conditions.

American College of Emergency Physicians E-QUAL Network Opioid Initiative
( Provides training and a wide variety of free online resources on reducing opioid prescribing, and on supporting the adoption of evidence-based interventions, such as naloxone prescribing and buprenorphine induction, in emergency departments.

American Psychiatric Association’s Practice page
( Lists resources and information on practice management and professional development for psychiatrists.

American Public Health Association Substance Misuse page
( Gives public health professionals information and resources on how to address substance use and substance use disorders.

American Society of Addiction Medicine Clinical Resource page
( Provides useful tools for clinicians treating substance use disorders.

American Society of Hospital Pharmacists Resource Centers
( Provides information, tools, and resources for hospital pharmacists on topics including opioid management and substance use.

CDC Guidance on Non-Opioid Treatments for Chronic Pain
( Lists out alternatives to opioid medications for treating chronic pain.

CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain
( Details information for providers and patients, and a mobile app to support use of the guideline.

CDC Information on Syringe Services Programs (SSPs)
( Offers information for those interested in partaking in SSPs.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Best Practices Memorandum for Addressing Prescription Opioid Overdoses, Misuse and Addiction
( Provides details on addressing the opioid crisis in an informational memorandum.

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health
( Reviews facts and information about substance use and substance use disorders, and provides guidance for members of the healthcare community aiming to address these conditions.

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids
( Provides research, facts, and resources about the opioid epidemic and lists recommended actions to address it.

National Association of Social Workers’ Certified Clinical Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs Social Worker (C-CATODSW) Credential
( Recognizes clinical social workers who have met national standards of knowledge, skills, and experience in the field of clinical social work and ATOD and agreed to abide by the NASW Code of Ethics, the NASW Standards for Social Work Practice in Substance Use Disorders, and the NASW Standards for Continuing Professional Education.

National Association of Social Workers’ Mental Health Specialty Practice Section
( Details resources and guidance for social workers aiming to address behavioral health conditions.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
( Provides resources for health professionals on screening to identify alcohol problems, brief intervention guides, and the Alcohol Treatment Navigator to assist patients in finding evidence-based treatment options.

National Institute on Drug Abuse: Medical & Health Professionals
( Lists strategies for health care professionals on treating and preventing substance use disorders.

Providers Clinical Support System for Medication Assisted Treatment (PCSS-MAT)
( Offers training, consultation, and mentoring to physicians and other healthcare providers (including nurse practitioners and physician assistants) who desire to prescribe and/or dispense FDA-approved products approved for the treatment of opioid use disorders.

SAMHSA’s Early Serious Mental Illness Treatment Locator
( Provides a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons and their family members seeking treatment in the U.S.

SAMHSA’s Power of Perceptions and Understanding webcast series
( Four-part webcast series educates healthcare professionals about the importance of using approaches that are free of discriminatory attitudes and behaviors in treating individuals with substance use disorders.

SAMHSA’s Programs page
( Helps behavioral health and general health care practitioners improve delivery of recovery-oriented services, supports, and treatment via training and education.

SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions
( Promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions, whether seen in behavioral health or primary care provider settings.

Suicide Prevention Resource and Training Center
( Provides resources for training in preventing suicide and emergency response.

The ALTO® (Alternatives to Opioids) pain management model
( Details how to use targeted non-opioid medications, trigger-point injections, nitrous oxide, and ultrasound guided nerve blocks to tailor acute and chronic pain management strategies to meet patient needs while eliminating the risks associated with opioid prescribing.

  • Youth and emerging leaders and those who want to involve themselves in the recovery movement:

Active Minds
( Provides awareness campaigns, outreach, advocacy, and events catering to mental health needs of students on college campuses. Mental Health Resources page
( Provides a list of resources, apps, and clinical information sources for preventing, treating, and recovering from mental and substance use disorders in youth and adolescents.

American Academy of Pediatrics’ Clinical Report on Screening Youth for Mental and Substance Use Disorders
( Provides information and best practices on when and how to prevent and screen youth for mental and substance use disorders.

Association of Recovery in Higher Education
( Supports collegiate recovery programs and collegiate recovery communities, the faculty and staff who support them, and the students who represent them.

Department of Transportation’s NHTSA
( Contains information on alcohol- and substance impaired driving.

Mental Health First Aid – Youth
( Teaches parents, family members, health workers, peers, school staff, and other community members how to help an adolescent who is experiencing a mental or substance use disorder.

National Association of Mental Illness’ Teens and Young Adults page
( Provides information for teens, adolescents, and young adults experiencing mental and co-occurring disorders.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism College AIM resource
( Assists college and university administrators in identifying and choosing evidence-based, cost-effective prevention strategies to reduce drinking on campus.

NIDA’s National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week web page
( Provides information about NIDA’s annual campaign to promote the science behind alcohol and substance use disorder treatment and recovery.

NIDA’s Teen web page
( Provides information on how substances affect the brain and body in adolescence.

( Offers youth and adolescents a safe space to discuss their experiences with mental and substance use disorders.

SAMSHA’s Talk. They Hear You. App
( Prepares parents and guardians to talk to their kids about the dangers of alcohol and underage drinking.

SAMHSA’s Underage Drinking Resource Page
( Helps parents and caregivers start talking to their children early about the dangers of alcohol.
( Federal Government website managed by SAMHSA and HHS that aims to educate youth and their parents on the harms of bullying and how they can put an end to it.
( Aims to improve mental health of youth by the effective translation and transfer of scientific knowledge into digestible information.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Adolescent Mental Health Page
( Offers a detailed list of links and tools for addressing adolescent mental health.

( Provides databases, newsrooms, and a helpline for college students who are or have peers who are experiencing or curious about mental and substance use disorders.

Youth Move National
( Provides resources and advocacy information for young people with mental health disorders.

Young People in Recovery
( Provides training and networks to individuals, families, and communities to help them promote recovery and reach their full potential.

  • Hotlines & Helplines:

HHS’ Administration for Children & Families Family & Youth Services Bureau Hotline List
( Provides a list of helpful services and hotlines specifically for families and youth.

Crisis Text Line
( Provides 24/7 support for individuals experiencing a crisis via text message. (formerly National Dating Abuse Helpline)
( Provides an opportunity for teens and young adults to receive support when dealing with an unhealthy or abusive relationship. The site offers online chats, telephone support, and texting with a peer advocate.

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
( Serves as a support network for families of children struggling with substance misuse.

National Sexual Assault Hotline
( Connects callers to a local sexual assault crisis center so they can receive information and support.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or 1-800-487-4889(TDD)
( Provides 24-hour, free, and confidential information and treatment referral for mental and substance use disorders in English and Spanish.

SAMHSA’s National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
( Provides a free, 24-hour helpline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

  • Online Resources General:

Association of Recovery Community Organizations
( Links recovery-oriented organizations and their leaders with local and national allies and provides training and technical assistance to groups.

Association of Recovery High Schools
( Connects recovery high schools with training, expertise, resources, and best practices to assist every student who is in recovery.

Association of Recovery in Higher Education
( Provides the education, resources, and community connection needed to help recovering students in higher education.

Celebrate Recovery®
( Provides Christian faith-based support for those in recovery through summits, groups, and church-centered meetings.

Faces & Voices of Recovery
( Supports the 23 million Americans living in recovery to ensure their rights and access to needed services as well as demonstrates the power and proof of obtaining long-term recovery. » It also provides a mutual directory:

National Alliance for Recovery Residences
( Dedicates time and resources to expanding the availability of well-operated, ethical, and supportive recovery housing.

National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
( Provides confidential, one-on-one support for women, men, children, and families affected by domestic violence. Crisis intervention and support are offered 24/7, 365 days a year with well-trained, compassionate advocates via phone, online chat, text, or video phone (for victims who are deaf or hard of hearing).

Oxford House, Inc.
( Provides a national network of over 2,400 chartered self-run recovery residences.

SAMHSA’s Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network
( Provides research and information for professionals in the addiction treatment and recovery services field.

SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
( Provides a confidential source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. territories for mental and substance use disorders.

SAMHSA’s Find Treatment Webpage
( Provides links and phone numbers to locators for mental and substance use disorder treatment and recovery services.

SAMHSA’s Information and Resources for Families and Family-Based Organizations
( Resources for families and family-run organizations supporting recovery and resilience for children, youth, and adults.

SAMHSA’s Recovery and Recovery Support Webpage
( Provides information on how recovery-oriented care and recovery support systems help people with mental and substance use disorders manage their conditions.

SAMHSA’s Website
( Provides numerous resources and helpful information related to mental and substance use disorders, prevention, treatment, and recovery.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative
( Provides information and resources to help identify and address traumatic stress in children, which increases the risk of behavioral health challenges and for a range of medical conditions.

Wellbriety Movement
( Provides an interconnected online resource across Native Nations about recovery for individuals, families, and communities.

Young People in Recovery
( Mobilizes the voices of young people in recovery.

  • Alcohol:

Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups
( Provides support groups for families and friends of people with alcohol problems.

Alcoholics Anonymous
( Lists resources for those experiencing alcohol use disorders; helps individuals find and join a local chapter.

Hable. Ellos escuchan.
( Provides Spanish language resources to help families prevent drug use and underage drinking.

Moderation Management
( Promotes self-management, balance, moderation, and personal responsibility for people who struggle with alcohol use who are able to manage and moderate their use and wish to do so.

The Alcohol Treatment Navigator, from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
( Provides a step-by-step strategy to inform a search for evidence-based alcohol treatment.

  • Opioids:

Decisions in Recovery: Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
( Helps families make informed decisions about treatment for addiction to pain medication or other opioids, such as heroin or fentanyl.

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Spotlight on Opioids
( Provides research, facts, and resources about the opioid epidemic and lists recommended actions to address it.

NIDA’s “Opioids: Facts for Teens” Booklet
( Provides information on opioids for teenagers and adolescents who want to know more.

Patient and Family Opiate Treatment Guide
( Offers facts about treatment related to opiates and provides resources for responding to an opioid overdose.

SAMHSA’s Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) page
( Offers resources for providers of MAT.

SAMHSA’s Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit
( Helps communities and local governments develop policies and practices to prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths. The toolkit addresses issues of interest to first responders, treatment and service providers, and those recovering from an opioid overdose.

SAMHSA’s Treatment Improvement Protocol 63
( Reviews the use of the three FDA-approved medications used to treat opioid use disorders (methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine) and other strategies and services needed to support people in recovery.

Other Substance Use Facing Addiction with NCADD
( Creates campaigns and conducts research to rebrand addiction and find solutions for recovery across the nation.

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health
( Details substance use statistics and the impacts on American citizens and healthcare systems.

Life Ring
( Offers peer-to-peer support and personal strategies to fight addiction to alcohol and drugs.

Narcotics Anonymous
( Lists resources for those experiencing substance use disorders and helps individuals join local chapters.

( Provides family groups for those who have a loved one experiencing a substance use disorder.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Treatment and Support Resource Page
( Provides resources for those who are in need of treatment and support for alcohol-related substance use disorders.

National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA’s) What to Do If Your Adult Friend or Loved One Has a Problem with Drugs
( Includes a list of the warning signs of substance misuse as well as resources and information to help someone who might have a substance use disorder.

NIDA’s What to Do If Your Teen or Young Adult Has a Problem with Drugs
( Provides parents of teens/young adults with information on how to identify and handle possible substance misuse situations.

Secular Organizations for Sobriety
( Offers resources to help individuals achieve and maintain sobriety and abstinence from alcohol and substance use disorders.

SMART Recovery®
( Offers a self empowering addiction recovery support group network with face-to-face and daily online meetings.

  • Mental Disorders:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
( Serves as the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental disorders, depression and bipolar disorder.

Mental Health America
( Offers resources about mental disorders; through affiliates, provides America’s communities and consumers with direct access to a broad range of self-help and professional services.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
( Serves as the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health
( Provides training, support, and consultation to advocates, mental health and substance abuse providers, legal professionals, and policymakers working to improve agency and systems-level responses to survivors of domestic violence.

National Institute of Mental Health
( Serves as the lead Federal agency for research on mental disorders.

Psychology Today’s Therapy Directory
( Allows users to locate, by city or ZIP code, a therapist, psychologist, or counselor who specializes in mental disorders.

Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America
( Promotes improvement in lives affected by schizophrenia and schizophrenia spectrum disorders (mental illnesses involving psychosis) and promotes hope and recovery through support programs, education, collaboration, and advocacy.

  • Mobile Applications:

KnowBullying: Provides parents and caregivers with information and guidance on ways to prevent bullying and build resilience in children.

MATx (Medication-Assisted Treatment): Offers healthcare practitioners support with medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder.

SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Disaster Response App: Provides responders with access to critical resources, including the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator to identify substance use and mental health treatment facility locations.

Suicide Safe: Helps providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice, address suicide risk among their patients, and make referrals to treatment and community resources.

Talk. They Hear You: Helps parents and caregivers talk to kids (9- 15 years old) about the dangers of underage drinking.

Connections: A-CHESS Platform: An evidence-based mobile application that provides ongoing support and relapse prevention for people recovering from substance use disorders. Available through mobile app stores, but only accessible through participating specialty substance use disorder treatment providers.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Diary Card and Skills Coach: Provides users with self-help skills, reminders of therapy principles, and coaching tools for coping.

I Am Sober: Allows users to track their recovery process. It includes features such as a tracker and notifications for new milestones.

In the Rooms: Links users to a network of online mutualaid meetings, supporting video and text based chat. Primarily 12-step oriented mutual aid, but does support other recovery pathways as well.

PTSD Coach: Provides useful resources for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) or PTSD symptoms. The app offers education about the signs and symptoms of PTSD, self-care, and how to find support and emergency access to a suicide hotline or to personal contacts.

Reachout: Provides social support for people with various conditions, including mental and substance use disorders. Users can share their stories, read others’ stories, and interact with one another.

reSET and reSET-O: Provides the first and only FDA-approved mobile applications used to help treat opioid use disorders.

SAM Self-Help for Anxiety Management: Encourages users to record their anxiety levels and identify triggers. It includes over 20 self-help options for users to deal with the physical, emotional, and mental symptoms of anxiety.

Sober Grid: Provides support and information to help those in recovery, including a social network among people who are in recovery.

The Addiction Recovery Guide’s Mobile App Listing: Provides descriptions and links to other apps that support recovery, including self-evaluation, recovery programs, online treatment, and chat rooms. The guide is available at:

Twelve Steps – The Companion: Provides resources, information, and stories to help users through the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

This document offers a visual snapshot of mental and substance use disorders (including co-occurring disorders) in the United States and their prevalence.


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