It’s time to celebrate recovery – and the people who live it every day.

Across the country, it is difficult to find people who do not know a person with addictions. In July, a U.S. government report revealed that the number of deaths from overdose rose to a record 93,000 in 2020, a 29 percent increase from the year before COVID-19 hit so many.

While there are many stories of hardship and grief, National Recovery Month is celebrated each September to teach Americans that drug use treatment and mental health services can enable those who are struggling to lead healthy and rewarding lives .

Jason Wahler knows how hard addiction can be. But after a public battle over drugs and alcohol, The Hills: New Beginnings star and CLEAN Cause ambassador inspires many to seek help.

“With National Recovery Month starting, I just want people to know that it’s never too late,” he told E! News. “Ask yourself, ‘Does this increase or decrease the beautiful life I have to live? Am I really achieving my full potential?’ If the answer is not what you want, reach out and ask for help. Whether you, yourself or a loved one is close, you are not alone and help is just a question away. “