September is National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month! Every September, the Federal 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. The annual theme is: Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities.

More information is available on the SAMHSA website:

Also, be sure to check out the NAMI Connecticut website - for information on NAMI Connection support groups for people in recovery across the state.

NAMI Connection support groups meet weekly for 90 minutes and are led by peer facilitators who are experienced in living well with mental illness. Connection participants meet across the state in casual, but confidential groups to discuss their personal challenges with recovery, share coping strategies and offer one another support and understanding.

NAMI’s Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model to ensure you and others in the group have an opportunity to be heard and to get what you need. The groups meet on a bi-weekly or weekly basis.

NAMI Connection support groups are offered for people in recovery, as well as specific groups for both young adults (ages (18 - 29 years old), and for veterans.

According to one participant: “NAMI Connection has enabled me to take a good look at my illness and see that I am not alone. The program has given me additional tools to not only accept my illness, but to help others along the way.”

To find a Connection group in your area, please visit:

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