On September, 24, 2018, Maui County Mayor Alan Arakawa presented a proclamation honoring September as “National Recovery Month” out of the Mayor’s Conference Room in Wailuku. He was joined by representatives from local nonprofits Aloha House and Maui Youth & Family Services, both of which provide substance abuse and mental health services.
Each September the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) sponsors National Recovery Month to promote the societal benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery for mental and substance use disorders. National Recovery Month, in its 29th year, celebrates the millions of Americans who are living their lives in recovery from mental and substance use disorders and honors those who work to make recovery possible. It is also an opportunity to remember the people who have lost their lives and those who still need help.
This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose and Community,” explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose and leadership contribute to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders.
“Mental Health and substance use disorders affect people everywhere in our country. We see and hear about the sometimes devastating impacts it has made in our own community,” said Aloha House Residential Treatment Program Director Michele Navarro Ishiki.
“In some way or another, we all have been affected. One of our goals is that we continue to positively impact the lives of the individuals and families we serve, which will result in lasting and meaningful results on the health and well-being of Maui County and our entire state. We are honored to have Mayor Arakawa’s support as we work together to be a beacon of hope for those suffering in our community.”