Thursday, June 4, 2009

Sue Scheff: September is National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month

The Road to Recovery Update keeps you informed about activities leading up to National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month (Recovery Month) in September. Feel free to forward this information to friends and colleagues, include it in newsletters or listservs, or link to it from your Web site.

Tune in today for the June 3, 2009 (listen online), Webcast: Recovery and the Health Care/Insurance Systems: Improving Treatment and Increasing Access

Today, join host, Ivette Torres, Associate Director for Consumer Affairs, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for the June 2009 Road to Recovery Webcast.

When the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Act of 2008 becomes effective in 2010, additional options will become available to those seeking addiction and mental health services. The Act will require group health plans to offer coverage for addiction and mental illness and provide benefits on par with those for all other medical and surgical conditions.
This program will examine what impact the Act will have on health care and insurance systems and what it means for individuals and families battling addiction. The show will also explore other issues related to health care’s role in recovery, such as proper screening and intervention, prescription drug abuse prevention, and treating co-occurring disorders.

Recovery Month is pleased to announce the release of the 2009 Recovery Month toolkit designed to help you plan and publicize your activities during Recovery Month in September and throughout the year. The toolkit includes three sections:

Media Outreach” section offers tips for planning and promoting your Recovery Month activities.

“Targeted Outreach” section offers details about substance use disorders, tailored for specific audiences.

“Resources” section can help you prepare for your Recovery Month events, as well as consider potential partnerships with other organizations to share resources and broaden the reach of your activities.
The 2009 toolkit can be ordered by calling 1-800-662-HELP and will be available on-line within the next week for ordering and downloading.

The 2009 toolkit can be ordered by calling 1-800-662-HELP and will be available online within the next week for ordering and downloading.To help you promote Recovery Month, 2009 commemorative posters and small and large flyers that outline the 2009 Recovery Month campaign, as well as the 2008 Recovery Month successes, are available.
To order posters and flyers, call 1-800-662-HELP or send an email to

Flyers are available for download on our Web site, and the poster will be available online next week.