Looking Beyond National Recovery Month to Help Youth

Young people walking arm in arm.

We’re wrapping up National Recovery Month, an annual campaign held in September to celebrate individuals living in recovery from a mental health and or/substance abuse disorder. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration sponsors National Recovery Month each year to share the importance of behavioral health treatment and services in helping the recovery journey.

Even if you haven’t participated in a 2015 Recovery Month event, we think you’ll enjoy the wealth of resources published in this year’s toolkit (PDF, 180KB). We think youth and family workers will especially want to learn about the following:

  • Addiction Recovery Guide’s Mobile Apps for Addiction—This site features a running list of free and low-cost mobile applications users can download to track their sobriety, access motivational recovery facts, and connect with others in recovery.
  • AIateen Group Meetings—Alateen meetings provide support to young people affected by the drinking of a friend or loved one. Teens connect with their peers in-person and talk about how they have used the steps of recovery to help them deal with their family situations.
  • National Association for Children of Alcoholics—This organization gathers information and advice for teachers, health professionals, and other organizations working with young people whose parents abuse drugs and alcohol.
  • Young People in Recovery—Local chapters mobilize youth in recovery to share their experience and educate their communities.

See the full Recovery Month Toolkit.

More Resources on Teens and Substance Use

"Beyond Addiction: Understanding and Treating Substance Abuse in Young People"

"NCFY Reads: ‘Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy’"

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