Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), sponsors the National Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and/or substance use disorders.This celebration promotes the message that behavioral health is essential to health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people do recover.
Mental and substance use disorders in particular are closely tied to other chronic health issues. Research shows that rates of mental health problems are significantly higher for people with chronic health problems such as diabetes, asthma, and heart conditions than for people without these conditions.
How many people are affected? According to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health-45.6 million adults (18+) had any mental illness in the past year, 20.6 million people aged 12+ were classified with alcohol or illicity drug dependence or abuse.
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