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National Recovery Month/September
National Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.
Now in its 29th year, the 2018 Recovery Month observance will focus on urban communities, health care providers, members of the media, and policymakers, highlighting the various entities that support recovery within our society. "Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community," explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders.
- In 2016, an estimated 44.7 million adults aged 18 or older had any mental illness (AMI) in the past year.
- In 2016, 43.1 percent of adults aged 18 or older with AMI received mental health services. This means over half (56.9 percent) of adults with a mental illness did not receive the mental health services they needed in 2016.
- Opioid use is rising steadily and rapidly, as shown by the 11.8 million past year opioid misusers aged 12 and older in 2016.
- In 2016, an estimated 21.0 million people aged 12 or older needed substance use treatment.
- Among adults in 2016 who had either AMI or substance use disorders (SUDs) in the past year, 8.2 million had both AMI and SUDs.