This September, the Louisiana Department of Health congratulates all Louisianans living a life in recovery. During Recovery Month, the Department of Health wants the public to know that recovery is possible by promoting resources that are available to anyone who needs help coping with an addiction or mental illness.

Recovery resources for those seeking help

During the month, the Department’s Office of Behavioral Health will be sharing information, resources and stories about mental illness, substance abuse and recovery on the Department of Health’s social media channels. Follow the Department on Twitter and Facebook, read one man’s personal recovery story on the LDH Blog and visit the Office of Behavioral Health’s Recovery Resources webpage for a special video.

Celebrating those in recovery

This year is the 30th anniversary of Recovery Month, a national observance promoted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to raises awareness and understanding of substance abuse and mental health disorders and celebrate people living in recovery.

Simultaneously with the national observance, Gov. John Bel Edwards has proclaimed September as Recovery Month in Louisiana.

Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Department of Health, encourages all Louisianans to join in the celebration of Recovery Month.

“Substance abuse and mental illness take so many people to seemingly bottomless depths. Seeing people breaking free and stepping into the light of recovery — now that’s something that everyone should applaud,” Gee said.