The Bureau of Justice Assistance’s COSSAP collaborative stands with those in recovery as well as their families, friends, peers, and service providers. This September, COSSAP is proud to join and encourage participation in the 31st anniversary of National Recovery Month, spotlighting a message of action and of hope: Prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can—and do—recover.
Now in its 31st year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery, just as we celebrate improvements made by those managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease.
Each September, Recovery Month works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of a strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.
The theme for 2020 National Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections. Visit the National Recovery Month website for more details, resources, and opportunities for involvement!
In this welcome and invitation to join in recognizing the 31st annual National Recovery Month, Tim Jeffries, M.S.W., Senior Drug Policy Advisor, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), emphasizes key themes for listeners, including:
Philip Rutherford, Chief Operating Officer, and Keegan Wicks, Project Coordinator, Faces & Voices of Recovery, invite the COSSAP community to celebrate Recovery Month because it is a statement: Recovery works! Their conversation outlines simple ways that listeners can get involved this September, including the following:
As a stakeholder and an active member of the recovery community, Faces & Voices of Recovery is hosting a new National Recovery Month website that serves as the central location for all recovery events.
Following is a curated list of recovery-related resources and engagement opportunities, presented in a range of delivery modalities, that are housed on the COSSAP Resource Center. Because the first steps and ongoing journey of recovery involve many things—including starting points, treatment strategies (including medication), fundamental day-to-day needs, and the special role of peer programs and personnel—this sampling includes topics such as diversion, medication-assisted treatment, housing, and peer recovery support services. The collection also includes exploration of the role that technology can play in recovery, particularly given this point in time when in-person options may be extremely limited. Beyond our suggestions, there is more material waiting for you to self-curate based on your particular needs and interests. Visit our media library and join the COSSAP mailing list to receive updates.