What is National Rehabilitation Awareness Week?

by | Sep 1, 2022 | Rehabilitation

National Rehabilitation Awareness Week 2022 begins on September 19th through the 25th. Organizations nationwide dedicate the full week to the outstanding professionals who provide rehabilitation services year-round. 

Soul Surgery is an integrative medicine addiction center located in North Scottsdale. We acknowledge the patience and hard work of all rehabilitation professionals.

What are the Main Types of Rehabilitation?

Physical Therapy focuses on restoring and maintaining the patient’s physical well-being. Physical therapists may help a person due to disabilities or an injury that hinders movement.

Speech Therapy helps children and adults who struggle with verbal communication through exercises in pronunciation, muscle strengthening, and learning to speak correctly.

Occupational Therapy is like physical therapy in that both concentrate on body movements. Occupational therapists focus on improving the patient’s ability to perform daily activities.

Addiction and Mental Health Therapy tend to go hand in hand due to how they impact each other. Addiction rehab benefits a person’s coping skills, detox process, and motivation to succeed in sobriety. Likewise, mental health therapy offers healthy interactions with professionals who can provide each individual with the right advice, tools, and support.

History of National Rehabilitation Awareness Week

Rehabilitation Week began in 1976 as a small campaign run by a rehabilitation services group in Scranton, Pennsylvania, called Allied Services. Nearly 50 years later, the event has become a nationally recognized annual celebration.

Notable Events Timeline

In 1864, the first hospital opened to treat alcoholism exclusively.

In the 1910s, physical therapy began during World War I as a female-only profession. The American Women’s Physical Therapy Association had taken care of injured soldiers.

In 1921, the medical community officially recognized occupational therapy as legitimate.

In the 1930s, speech therapy became increasingly popular as soldiers suffered from brain injuries that affected their speech.

In 1947, the Alcoholic Rehabilitation Act was passed, the first piece of federal legislation recognizing alcoholism as a sickness.

In 1976, the first-ever Rehabilitation Awareness Week was held.

In 1996, Allied Services established the National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation (NRAF), a not-for-profit integrated health system headquartered in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

How to Get Involved

Rehabilitation is a process that has brought so many people relief and peace of mind. The professionals in this line of work have dedicated themselves to a worthy cause. There are numerous ways to get involved for this September’s rehabilitation awareness week.

Educate and Engage

Invite rehabilitation specialists into your workplace or classroom setting. This shows you care about what they have to say and to educate others on the importance of rehabilitation.

When we talk about complex topics like mental health struggles or addiction, it decreases the stigma. It allows people to ask important questions and even gives someone the confidence to reach out for help.

Express Your Appreciation

Gifts of thanks and appreciation go a long way. It can be as simple as bringing baked goods or class-written thank you letters to hospitals and rehabilitation center staff.

You might be surprised how powerful a small act of kindness like homemade muffins can be!


Numerous organizations are raising awareness and educating people on topics like brain injuries, alcoholism, and mental illness. Supporting these groups through monetary means sheds more light on the message they stand for.

Nonprofit Organizations:



Herren Project


The Foundation for Alcoholism Research

Mental Health

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Mental Health America

National Alliance on Mental Illness

To Write Love on Her Arms

Occupational Therapy

Foundation for Physical Therapy Research

Moving with H.O.P.E

Physical Therapy For All

Sunshine Physical Therapy

Speech Therapy


Hope Speaks

Small Steps in Speech

The Stuttering Foundation

Connect via Social Media

Support the media organizations that raise awareness by sharing their posts and using the hashtags #RehabilitationAwarenessWeek and #RehabWeek. Likewise, you can follow the conversation and educate yourself further on the ins and outs of rehabilitation.

Soul Surgery’s Commitment to You

Soul Surgery in Scottsdale, Arizona is proud to support and celebrate national rehabilitation awareness week this September. We’re committed to understanding and helping those struggling with alcoholism, drug addiction, and mental health problems.

If you or a loved one needs recovery, we’re always here to help. Please contact us to learn more about our addiction services today.

Dr. Ravi Chandiramani
Dr. Ravi Chandiramani is a Naturopathic physician with over 15 years experience working with those struggling with addiction and alcoholism. Over those 15 years he has worked with over 7,000 patients. He is the founder of the Integrative Addiction Medicine (I-AM) model which combines evidence-based conventional addiction medicine with the nurturing and rebuilding modalities inherent to the practice of Naturopathic medicine.

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