National Recovery Month, which started in 1989, is a national observance held every September to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the nation’s strong and proud recovery community, and the dedication of service providers and communities who make recovery in all its forms possible.
Governors are at the forefront of measures to prevent overdoses and the treatment of substance use disorders—a major public health and safety crisis affecting communities across the country. Here are some recent publications highlighting work from Governors and other state leaders:
- Supporting And Sustaining Access To Harm Reduction Services For People Who Use Drugs
- Behavioral Health Equity For All Communities: Policy Solutions To Advance Equity Across The Crisis Continuum
- Expanding Access To Medications For Opioid Use Disorder Treatment For Justice-Involved Populations Under Community Supervision: Best Practices From Four States
- State Efforts To Improve The Continuum Of Care For Substance Use Disorder And Opioid Use Disorder
- Lessons Learned In State Collaboration To Address Substance Use Disorder And Justice-Involved Individuals
See more state best practices, or use the links below to find resources for your State/Territory.
“National 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 services providers and community members across the nation who make recovery in all its forms possible.”
Governor Phil Murphy
"North Dakota is a very special place because this is one of the places where everyone can come together to work on a problem. When we think about all the people who are working together across all the communities around reinventing recovery, this is exactly what we’re doing. When we can empower people, give them the tools and resources, we can improve their lives and we can inspire success for others."
Governor Doug Burgum
“Addiction is a chronic disease, and needs to be treated as such. It isn’t a moral failing. It needs to be treated just as you would cancer or any other illness. We must break through the barriers of shame to provide the best treatments possible first and the most effective assistance now.”
Governor Kate Brown
"Most of us know someone impacted by substance abuse — our family, our friends, our neighbors. Our hearts ache for them, but that isn’t enough. We must do more."
Governor Doug Ducey
“Addiction harms not only the individual, but families and communities as well. By seeking help, individuals who experience substance abuse disorders can embark on a new path toward improved health, well-being, and happy relationships, and lead more productive and fulfilling lives”
Governor Mike Dunleavy
"Our job as public servants is to work with partners and individuals throughout Kentucky to provide help, hope and a hand to lead people out of the darkness of addiction and into the light – of acceptance, opportunity and community. There are many pathways to recovery and each story should be celebrated. I want to personally commend all Kentuckians in recovery for their resilience and courage which serves as a reminder that recovery is possible for everyone."