National Recovery Month. Prevention Works, Treatment is Effective, People Recover. September 2018.

Recovery is Possible

The theme for Recovery Month 2020, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Celebrating Connections,” reminds people in recovery and those who support them, that we all have victories to celebrate and things we may wish we had done differently. The 2020 theme is true of everyone and, as in most cases, we cannot do it alone. Recovery Month will continue to educate others about substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders, the effectiveness of treatment and recovery services, and that recovery is possible. 

Every September, National Recovery Month shines a spotlight on the life-changing power of recovery in the lives of those who are overcoming substance use and/or mental health challenges. As part of Louisiana’s observance of this annual focus on just how treatment and support services can help our citizens live healthier and rewarding lives, we’ve woven together four personal stories from people around our state highlighting a variety of successful pathways to recovery. Each week in September, we’ll feature one of these.

In addition, we’ll highlight ways for people to connect with the services they need, flag upcoming activities carried out by our LGEs, and providing links to a variety of excellent resources from SAMHSA and elsewhere. Be sure to look out for updates on social media and here all through the month.

Please click here to view the Governor’s 2020 Louisiana Recovery Month Proclamation.

Visit Louisiana Department of Health , Office of Behavioral Health-Addictive Disorders Services, or Healthy Louisiana, or call 1-855-229-6848 to receive more information about Louisiana’s treatment services.  The LDH website and social media sites are updated frequently during the month of September. 




Louisiana hotlines:

  • Alcohol/Drug Helpline: (877) 664-2248
  • Compulsive Gambling: (877) 770-7867 [or text "nobet" to 66746. Visit Live chatting at]
  • Mental Health Contact: Call 9-1-1 for immediate medical emergencies, or 2-1-1 for non-emergencies



  • In the video, you will learn:
    • How to recognize symptoms of an opioid overdose
    • How to administer NARCANTM Nasal Spray
    • How to evaluate and support



If you know someone who is struggling with a mental and/or substance use disorder, visit to learn where people can go for needed services.

If you are in recovery or want to tell your experience of helping someone else achieve recovery, share your recovery story and learn from others (



SAMHSA Helpline


SAMHSA's National Helpline
(800) 662-HELP (4357) or (800) 487-4889 (TDD)

SAMHSA's hotline provides 24-hour, free and confidential information about mental and/or substance use disorders and prevention, treatment and recovery referrals in English or Spanish.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-TALK (8255)

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides a free, 24-hour counseling available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.

SAMHSA's Website
SAMHSA's website contains information about treatment options and special services located in your area. 

SAMHSA's Recovery and Recovery Support Webpage
Recovery-oriented care and recovery support systems help people with mental and/or substance use disorders manage their conditions successfully.

Alcohol Treatment Navigator:
The Navigator helps adults find alcohol treatment for themselves or an adult loved one.

Celebrate Recovery 
Provides support for those in recovery through summits, groups and church-centered meetings.

Crisis Text Line 
Provides 24/7 support via text message for individuals experiencing a crisis.

Faces & Voices of Recovery  
Supports the 23 million Americans living in recovery to ensure their rights and access to needed services as well as demonstrates the power and proof of obtaining long-term recovery. (formerly National Dating Abuse Helpline)  
Provides an opportunity for teens and young adults to receive support when dealing with an unhealthy or abusive relationship. The site offers online chats, telephone support and texting with a peer advocate.

National Sexual Assault Hotline 
Connects callers to a local sexual assault crisis center so they can receive information and support.

NIAAA's National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(800) 273-TALK (8255) 
Provides a free, 24-hour helpline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.