Every September, the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover.
Supportive housing helps residents recover from addiction and improve their overall mental health. Access to support and recovery services, overall independence and socializing with other residents and connecting with the local community are key benefits of supportive housing for those in recovery.
According to the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, among people age twelve (12) or older, 21.5 million people (8.1%) were classified with substance abuse dependence or abuse over the past year.
SAMHSA is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and is charged with improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitative services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance use and mental illness.
SAMHSA offers several resources on supportive housing and substance use and mental health recovery including the Permanent Supportive Housing Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) Kit, which outlines the essential components of supportive housing services and programs for people with mental illness.
SAMHSA encourages local groups working towards recovery to organize events during September. Organizing an event for Recovery Month is an ideal way to celebrate the achievements of the recovery community. Events bring people together to share real life experiences of the power of recovery from mental health and substance use disorders.
Many treatment options exist. SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or 1-800-487-4889 (TDD), provides 24-hour, free, and confidential information about mental and/or substance use disorders, and prevention, treatment, and recovery referrals in English and Spanish.
In New Jersey, MentalHealthCares – 1-866-202-HELP (4357) is New Jersey’s behavioral health information and referral service. The MHANJ’s staff of behavioral care specialists use their experience and understanding of the behavioral health system to connect you to the information and services you need.