Office of National Drug Control Policy


Recovery is a process of change and growth through which people with substance use disorders stop using, and reestablish friendships and family ties, build positive social networks, and become productive and responsible citizens. It is characterized by health, wellness, a sense of purpose, and productive involvement with family and community. Recovery can occur at the individual, family, and community levels. A key to reducing America’s drug problem is greater support for and partnership with the millions of citizens who are in long-term recovery from addiction. Read the Fall 2012 ONDCP Recovery Update here.

Recovery Month

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Every September, ONDCP partners with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and a wide range of public and private sector organizations to celebrate National Recovery Month. For more information about National Recovery Month, to find events near you or download the Recovery Month toolkit, please visit the National Recovery Month website.

Read the President's Proclamation recognizing National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, 2012 here.

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