National Recovery Month Amid Substance Use Increase During COVID-19 Pandemic


Waco, TX – September is recognized as National Recovery Month, which is much needed amid the current COVID-19 surge, both nationwide and here in our region of McLennan, Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, and Limestone counties.

In its 32nd year, Recovery Month celebrates the gains made by those in recovery from substance use. Recovery Month works to promote and support new evidence-based treatment and recovery practices, the emergence of recovery communities, and the dedication of services providers and community members across the nation and region who make recovery in all its forms possible.

The 2021 National Recovery Month theme is “Recovery Is For Everyone: Every Person, Every Family, Every Community”.

The CDC, in a December 2020 report, says the epidemic of drug overdose fatalities has accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Heart of Texas Region MHMR Center provides substance use services. Services are provided for adult clients who need substance abuse treatment, including anyone in our region who is struggling with a substance use disorder. Services provided will be determined with an initial screening to determine the appropriateness for treatment and identified needs—as well as:

  • Adult outpatient treatment
  • Co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorder (COPSD) outpatient treatment
  • Case management
  • Interim treatment services to promote continuity of care for the people we serve

To learn more about services or to schedule a screening, people can call (254) 297-8999, or come by 2220 Austin Avenue in Waco—Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome Monday through Thursday on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Vince Erickson, Director of Public Information and

#TexansRecoveringTogether CCP

Cell: (254) 265-2030