Luján, Sullivan Introduce Legislation to Honor September as National Recovery Month
Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) and Dan Sullivan (R-AK) introduced the Honoring National Recovery Month Act to provide a dedicated funding stream to support National Recovery Month activities. Individuals with substance use disorder can and do recover, and there are over 21 million people in the U.S. who are in recovery.
During National Recovery Month, which is observed each September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) celebrates recovery, engages and educates the public on addiction and recovery, and combats stigma surrounding substance use disorders. The Honoring National Recovery Month Act would authorize $1 million annually for SAMHSA (or a national organization in an agreement with SAMHSA) to develop materials, distribute best practices, and lead activities related to National Recovery Month.
“Substance use disorder continues to devastate New Mexico and states across the country. These are our friends, neighbors, and loved ones being impacted by this epidemic. While we fight for prevention and treatment, we must also be clear about the importance of recovery services and honor those who are in recovery,” said Senator Luján. “I’m proud to join Senator Sullivan to introduce this bipartisan bill that provides resources to uphold September as National Recovery Month. This legislation will help raise awareness of the importance of recovery, to support those in recovery, and fight to lift up recovery so that someday everyone can receive the services they need.”
“It takes extraordinary courage for those struggling with addiction to reach out for help. Too often, they are faced with stigma and shame,” said Senator Sullivan. “What I’ve learned working closely with the recovery community is that addiction is not a moral failing. It can affect literally any person—of all ages, backgrounds, races and socioeconomic statuses. During National Recovery Month, we recommit ourselves to supporting the millions of Americans dealing with substance use disorders and building deeper connections that are the key to overcoming this crisis.”
“Recovery and wellness becomes a reality for millions of Americans when accessible, equitable and appropriate support is provided at the right time and place. The National Recovery Month observance each September is critical to breaking down the stigma that so often prevents people from seeking help. The Honoring National Recovery Month Act is significant in that it elevates the visibility of valuable tools and resources individuals, families, agencies and communities can use to change the narrative about addiction and mental health while highlighting the benefits of recovery,” said Patty McCarthy, CEO, Faces & Voices of Recovery.