September is National Recovery Month

September 04, 2019

September is National Recovery Month

Each September, SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) sponsors Recovery Month. The goal of Recovery Month is to “increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders” and to celebrate those who are in recovery.

This year’s theme of Recovery Month is Join the Voices for Recovery: Together We Are Stronger.

JF&CS of Atlanta will be participating in Recovery Month through our HAMSA (Helping Atlantans Manage Substance Abuse) Program and our Clinical Services.

The HAMSA Program of JF&CS of Atlanta

With a team led by Leslie Lubell, the HAMSA Program of JF&CS of Atlanta provides support, resources, and strategies for those seeking help and in recovery. We are working hard to dispel myths about addiction and eliminate the shame so often felt by those struggling with addiction and their families.

Through a Jewish lens, HAMSA offers information and referral services, Narcan education and supply, sober holiday celebrations and gatherings, Jewish Sensitivity Training for treatment providers and expert clinical support.

The Clinical Services of JF&CS of Atlanta

Led by Dan Arnold, the Clinical Services of JF&CS of Atlanta provide guidance and support for children, adolescents, adults, older adults, couples and families. The Clinicians offer both individual and group therapies across a broad spectrum of issues – from divorce and bereavement to anxiety and depression. Our goal is to support and enhance the emotional well-being of our clients as they navigate life’s challenges.

The Impact of Mental and Addiction Issues

For many academic, social, and emotional concerns, early identification and intervention is key. Benefits of early detection include the ability to make informed decisions regarding academic planning and placement in order to help your child reach his or her potential. Additionally, you can provide your child's schools and teachers with the best information for use in creating positive experiences at school.

By the Numbers


People died every day from opioid-related drug overdoses in 2019


People die from alcohol-related causes annually


Americans are currently impacted by drug and alcohol addiction


Children & adolescents with mental health diagnoses that have unmet mental health needs

During the month of September, we will be publishing several articles about available recovery resources, educational information, and personal videos. Join us as we try to shed light on the challenges of addiction and recovery - both from the addicts’ point of view, but also from their families and supporters’ perspective.

Look for the JF&CS Recovery Month emblem during the month of September for more info on this topic.