SUPR is highlighting the importance of recognizing and celebrating September as National Recovery Month.

National Recovery Month is a time to celebrate people who are in recovery from substance use disorder, gambling disorder, and co-occurring disorders. It is also a time to recognize the many pathways to recovery and to remember and honor those who courageously pursued their recovery and lost the battle. For this occasion, IDHS Secretary Grace Hou shares these reflections: “IDHS is deeply committed to preventing overdose deaths and helping people throughout their recovery journey. We recognize the many systemic inequities that have created barriers to treatment, recovery resources, and other social services. IDHS is actively working to reduce these barriers by breaking down siloes and fostering collaboration across IDHS divisions and other state agencies to advance health equity for all Illinois residents.”

On behalf of Secretary Hou and SUPR Director Laura Garcia, we thank the organizations working to prevent substance use and gambling disorders, intervene, provide treatment, and support recovery. These organizations and professionals deserve our gratitude for their dedication and commitment to ensuring that recovery pathways prevail across Illinois.

For more resources on National Recovery Month, please visit National Recovery Month 2023 | SAMHSA.

Please see the attached Smart Alert for additional details.

Smart Alert Volume XVII Issue V- September is National Recovery Month