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September Is Recovery Month!

Every September, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and to celebrate those in recovery. This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Our Families, Our Stories, Our Recovery!,” which highlights the value of family support throughout the recovery journey. The theme also invites individuals in recovery and family members to share their stories and successes to encourage others.

Community organizations and those interested in recovery can participate in this September’s Recovery Month by hosting or attending recovery-themed events in their local communities and by promoting the importance of recovery among their peers, friends, and family.

For ideas about how to spread the word about Recovery Month and be part of the national celebration, SAMHSA offers the following resources at www.recoverymonth.gov/promote, which include:

  • A Recovery Month event planning toolkit with instructions for publicizing your event;
  • Downloadable graphics like banners, logos, and flyers;
  • Customizable public service announcements to build interest in recovery efforts;
  • Proclamation templates and tips for encouraging your local government officials to designate September as National Recovery Month; and
  • Instructions for posting your event details on the Recovery Month events calendar.

For more information about Recovery Month and how to get involved, visit www.recoverymonth.gov/events.

New SAMHSA Report: Full-Time College Students Drink More, But Smoke Cigarettes Less Than Other Young Adults

Many young adults decide to use substances without complete information about the risks associated with their choices. A newly released SAMHSA report reveals that in 2014, full-time college students are far more likely to be current (past-month) alcohol drinkers than others their age (59.8 percent versus 51.5 percent, respectively), and more likely to engage in past-month binge drinking (37.9 percent versus 33.5 percent).

On the other hand, the report shows that people in this age group who are not full-time college students are far more likely than full-time college students to be current cigarette smokers (32.6 percent versus 17.9 percent). Use levels of other drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, crack, LSD, and heroin are nearly identical among full-time college students and their non-college counterparts. SAMHSA’s report becomes increasingly relevant as many colleges and universities begin the new school year and staff start planning substance use prevention efforts on their campuses.

Read the full report here: http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/report_2418/ShortReport-2418.html.

A Tool to Address Harmful and Underage Drinking on Campus

The start of the school year is a great time for staff at colleges and universities to think about underage and harmful drinking. CollegeAIM—the College Alcohol Intervention Matrix—is an easy-to-use and comprehensive tool from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. It was developed for college and university administrators, particularly alcohol and other drug and student life staff, to help address harmful and underage drinking among their students. The guide helps officials choose the best interventions for their campus community.

CollegeAIM can help you:
  • Identify the strategies most likely to reduce drinking and its harmful consequences;
  • See how your current strategies compare with other options;
  • Find new, research-based strategies to consider; and
  • Select a combination of approaches that meets the needs of your students and campus.
  • Learn more and download the CollegeAIM guide at www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov.