Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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September 4, 2014

September is Recovery Month for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders
Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has proclaimed September as “Recovery Month” for Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders in South Dakota, calling upon all South Dakotans to recognize individuals in recovery and their families, and saluting the behavioral health care providers who have helped these individuals in their pursuit of recovery.

“Recovery heals lives, families, and communities,” said Gib Sudbeck, Prevention Program Manager for the Division of Behavioral Health. “People in recovery from substance use and mental health disorders come from all walks of life and deserve to be treated with kindness and respect for fighting and winning one of the hardest battles.”

This past year in South Dakota, 11,579 individuals sought recovery from some form of addiction and 18,345 individuals sought recovery through mental health services.  If an individual is interested in seeking recovery from alcoholism, drug or gambling addiction or mental health disorders, there are 65 providers across South Dakota to assist them in their recovery programs.

In conjunction with those services, there is also an extensive recovering community in South Dakota where individuals in recovery can receive on-going support through groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Gambling Anonymous (GA) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Face It Together, a Recovery Community Organization in Sioux Falls and a new affiliate, Face It TOGETHER Aberdeen. For information on the Face It Together organization visit:

For those living with or who have a family member or significant-other with an addiction, there is also Al-Anon for adults and Alateen for youth.  The Department of Social Services’ (DSS) Division of Behavioral Health provides links to these groups on their website at:

This year marks the 25th annual observance of Recovery Month nationwide. This year’s theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Speak Up, Reach Out,” encourages people to openly speak up about mental and substance use disorders and the reality of recovery, and promotes ways to recognize behavioral health issues and reach out for help.

For more information about substance abuse programs and mental health services in your area, contact the Division of Behavioral Health at (605) 773-3165 or visit the DSS website at Additional information is also available at the US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services website at


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