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Lincoln – September is National Recovery Month which is a national observance that has been recognized since 1989. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Behavioral Health (DBH) works year-round to spread the message that mental health is an essential part of our overall health and well-being, prevention works, treatment is available, and people do recover from mental health and substance use challenges. This year marks 34 years of celebrating this awareness month.
Recovery looks different for everyone but it is always possible. Each individual has experienced a different life and can require different support or combinations of support during their journey of recovery. A few common and effective supports include evidence-based treatment, medications, medication-assisted treatment, faith-based approaches, recovery support services, and family support. There are ups and downs, and every individual's recovery journey is unique and deserves to be celebrated.
“It is vital to support our fellow Nebraskans on their journeys to recovery by lowering barriers to recovery support, creating welcoming spaces and programs, and broadening our understanding of what recovery means for individuals with different experiences", said Tony Green, the Interim Director of Behavioral Health at DHHS. “I would like to take a moment to thank our first responders, healthcare workers, peer recovery support professionals, counselors, addiction specialists, providers, community organizations and non-profits, family members, and everyone else who works tirelessly to support our fellow Nebraskans at every step in their recovery journey."
The Nebraska behavioral health system offers a full continuum of care for persons with mental illness and substance use disorders. Services are available throughout Nebraska and include crisis response, inpatient, residential, and outpatient care. The goal is to help the person recover and build resiliency. Most programs accept insurance and Medicaid, and those without insurance may be eligible for DBH funding. Nebraska services are trauma-informed, culturally and linguistically competent, and can treat people with complex needs.
Nebraska prevention efforts focus on maintaining safe and drug-free communities. DBH works through regions and community coalitions to plan and carry out activities that result in positive change. DBH and its partners at the state and local levels are focusing efforts to reduce underage drinking, binge drinking, prescription drug abuse, marijuana use, suicide attempts, and illegal sales of tobacco products to minors.
Help promote and support treatment and recovery options to help strengthen our communities across Nebraska. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has more information and a social media toolkit at https://www.samhsa.gov/recovery-month.
Need to talk or get immediate help in a crisis? Help is available. If you or a loved one need assistance, please reach out to: