United Methodist congregations are encouraged to observe National Recovery Month, which will coincide with the launch of SPSARV's yearlong global awareness campaign.

Each September, the monthlong observance raises awareness about substance use and mental disorders and celebrates individuals in long-term recovery and recovery ministries and service organizations. Overall, the observance underscores the fact that prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can recover from substance use and mental disorders.  

Visit or call 1-800-662-HELP to receive more information and order or download a planning toolkit and other useful materials.

Visit to obtain worship helps and join the GBCS Addictions Network to be informed about other events and actions pertaining to addiction and recovery issues through the United Methodist Church.

The General Board of Church & Society is one of four international general program boards of The United Methodist Church, which has more than 11 million members worldwide. The board’s primary areas of ministry are Advocacy, Education and Leadership Formation, United Nations and International Affairs. The agency also resources these areas for the denomination’s annual conferences and local churches. GBCS has offices on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and at the Church Center at the United Nations.