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September is Recovery Month!

As you may know, September is “Recovery Month,” a national observance with the goal of educating Americans that prevention works, treatment is effective and people do recover from addictions and mental illnesses. In addition, Governor McAuliffe has declared September Alcohol and Drug Recovery Month to recognize and promote the promise of recovery.

Behavioral health is central to overall physical health. Addictions and mental illnesses touch everyone: adults and children, rich and poor, men and women alike. Fortunately, treatment is indeed effective and people struggling with addictions and even the most serious mental illnesses can and do recover to live productive, healthy lives.

As this September marks National Recovery Month, I urge all Virginians to recognize the critical importance of behavioral health and urge you to remember that treatment is available and effective. Throughout the September, and every month of every year, we must continue to improve access to prevention, early intervention and treatment services in order to best ensure the promise of recovery for everyone.

I hope that you, as providers, policy-makers, advocates, or individuals with lived experience, will share the hope provided by Recovery Month with those in your communities and families. Remember: Recovery is the expectation!