September is National Alcohol & Drug Addiction Recovery Month

August 02, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. — This is the 21st year celebrating the observance of Recovery Month. The 2010 theme is: “Join the Voices for Recovery: Now More Than Ever!”

National Recovery Month:

• Celebrates people in recovery, those close to them, and the treatment providers that help them.
• Emphasizes the need to use all resources available on the Internet and in communities to better help those affected by addiction and educate people about the disease.
• Educates public and community leaders about the realities of addiction, the benefits of treatment, and the possibility of recovery through community- and Web-based media.

The General Board of Church & Society (GBCS), on behalf of The United Methodist Church, is a national planning partner for this special observance along with hundreds of public health advocacy and non-profit direct service providers who work on recovery and addiction prevention.

WHEN: September 2010

HOW: Celebrate Recovery Month by hosting a special worship or other educational event in your community, church or online.

Visit or call 1-800-662-HELP to receive more information and order or download a planning toolkit and other useful materials.

Visit to obtain worship helps and join the GBCS Addictions Network to be informed about other events and actions pertaining to addiction and recovery issues through the United Methodist Church.

A copy of the toolkit for Recovery Month can be downloaded from

The General Board of Church & Society is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church, which has more than 11 million members worldwide. The board’s primary areas of ministry are Advocacy, Education and Leadership Formation, United Nations and International Affairs. The agency also resources these areas for the denomination’s annual conferences and local churches. GBCS has offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and at the Church Center at the United Nations.