- September 17, 2014
On September 17th, Michael Botticelli, Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy, convened legislators, White House senior staff, and more than 150 guests for a panel discussion to celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Recovery Month.
Television journalist and recovery advocate Laurie Dhue moderated a panel of recovery advocates who shared their personal stories about addiction, and participated in a discussion about their journeys to recovery.
Former Congressman, Patrick Kennedy, author and lead sponsor of the Mental Health Parity and addiction Equity Act of 2008 also spoke during the event and provided the closing summary on the day’s program.
Recovery Month, now in its 25th year, celebrates prevention, treatment, and of course recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Recovery Month underscores the importance of mental health and addiction treatment services in promoting lives free of substance use disorders. Through Recovery Month events, the Administration spreads the positive message that people can and do recover—recognizing the accomplishments of the millions of Americans currently in recovery, and encouraging those suffering with addiction to seek the treatment necessary for improving their own lives.
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