National Recovery Month – Many Paths to Wellness

September is National Recovery Month, raising awareness around mental health and substance use recovery. Recovery Month promotes evidence-based interventions and practices in mental and behavioral health and celebrates the gains made by those in recovery. While interventions like therapy and medication are important, recovery can encompass many things that help people with psychiatric, behavioral, or substance use disorders feel whole: getting an education, finding a job and succeeding at work, supporting physical health and wellness, exploring peer support, and working on relationships, among many others.

Researchers in the NIDILRR community and elsewhere are developing interventions, programs, and supports to help people in recovery set and achieve goals in these areas as part of their path to wellness. Here are some of the current NIDILRR-funded projects happening across the US, along with ready-to-use resources for Recovery Month activities

Getting an Education

For youth, young adults, and adults, mental health and substance use conditions can present barriers achieving their education goals. Current research supporting people in recovery on the path to completing their education includes:

Succeeding at Work

As we explored previously in our blog, meaningful employment is an important part of the recovery process. Current research supporting employment and recovery includes:

Supporting Health and Wellness

Maintaining physical health and wellness can be a challenging part of the recovery path. Current research supporting people in recovery to focus on physical health and wellness includes:

Exploring Peer Supports

People with mental health and substance use disorders may find it helpful to connect with providers who have the same life experience, or they may decide that becoming a peer provider is part of their recovery journey. Current research in peer supports includes:

Building Relationships

The path to recovery can include creating and maintaining relationships with family, friends, and community. Current research in this area includes:

Research and development supporting people in recovery continues and we look forward to collecting and exploring the studies, guides, toolkits, and other publications and products these grantees will produce in the future!

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